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Full text of "Town of Cohasset (Mass.) Annual Report"

TOWN OF 

COHASSET 

ANNUAL TOWN REPORT 

1978 














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Cohasset Harbor taken the day after 1978 Blizzard 



IN MEMORIAM 

Died 
Harold F. Barnes March 2, 1978 

Elizabeth Jerome March 20, 1978 

Rocco W. Rosano April 24, 1978 

Rev. Frank B. Chatterton August 17, 1978 

Helen Higgins December, 1978 



TOWN OF COHASSET 

Incorporated 1770 

Population June, 1975 - 7,749 

Twelfth Congressional District 

Representative: Gerry E. Studds 

Norfolk and Plymouth Senatorial District 

Senator: Allan B. McKinnon, Weymouth 

Third Plymouth Representative District 

Representative: Mary Jeanette Murray, Cohasset 

Annual Town Meeting 

First Saturday in April 

Election of Officers 

Second Saturday in April 



ANNUAL REPORT 

OF THE 

Board of Selectmen 
Of the Financial Affairs 

OF THE 

TOWN OF COHASSET 

Reports of The School Committee 

AND THE 

Report of Other Town Officers 



FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1978 



TOWN OFFICERS 
1978 - 1979 

TOWN CLERK 



Charles A. Marks 



Tenure 



ASSISTANT TOWN CLERK 



Frances L. Marks 



Apptd. October 25, 1972 



MODERATOR 



David E. Place 



Term expires April 1981 



SELECTMEN 



Mary Jeanette Murray 
Henry W. Ainslie, Jr. 
Arthur L. Clark 



Michael C. Patroha 
F. Allen Weisenfluh 
Warren S. Pratt 



ASSESSORS 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 



TREASURER-COLLECTOR 



Gordon E. FUnt 



Term expires April 1981 



fflGHWAY SURVEYOR 



Harrold Litchfield 



Term expires April 1981 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



Doris C. Golden 
Irene Brown 
John Langmaid 
Josephine C. Mahoney 
Frank W. England 
Patricia Anne Walsh 



Term expires April 1 979 
Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 
Term expires April 1981 



TRUSTEES OF COHASSET FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 



Richard B. Singer 
Elizabeth F. Eaton 
Nancy Gilmore 
Emily B. Gleason 
Barbara M. Power 
Arnold Paine 
Sheila S. Evans 
John Barnard, Jr. 
CordeUa R. Foell 



Term 
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Term 
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Term 
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expires 
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expires 
expires 
expires 
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April 1979 
April 1979 
April 1979 
April 1980 
April 1980 
April 1980 
April 1981 
April 1981 
April 1981 



BOARD OF HEALTH 



Rene G. Chiasson 
Stephen J. O'Connor 
Roger A. Pompeo 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 



PLANNING BOARD 



Levitt T. Goodwin (apptd. 7/19/78) 
John E. Bradley 
Patricia Facey 
Glenn A. Pratt 
Barbara M. Power 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1982 
Term expires April 1983 



WATER COMMISSIONERS 



Rocco F. Laugelle 
John W. Hobbs 
WiUiam Montuori 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 



RECREATION COMMISSION 



Irene E. Brown 
Richard AinsUe 
Ernest J. Sullivan 
Eugene K. Price 
Nancy Sladen 
Hamilton T. Tewksbury 
Richard P. Barrow 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 
Term expires April 1982 
Term expires April 1982 
Term expires April 1982 
Term expires April 1983 



SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



Sumner Smith, Jr. 



Term expires April 1981 



COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 



Conrad Ericsson 

A. Patricia Barrow 

Kathleen M. Conte 

Yolanda Baccari 

George W. Benedict, III (apptd. by Governor) 



Term expires April 1979 
Term expires April 1980 
Term expires April 1981 
Term expires April 1982 
Term expires July 28, 1982 



TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY SELECTMEN 

Term Expires 

Town Accountant Under Civil Service 

William S. Signorelli 

Registrars of Voters 

Clarence M. Grassie, Chairman 1979 

Louise E. Conroy 1980 

Edward E. Tower 1981 

Advisory Committee — Appointed by Chairman of Selectmen 

Chairman of Advisory Committee & Moderator 

Patrick J. Hurley, Chairman 1979 

George J. Rabstejnek 1979 

Thomas E. Burke 1979 

Harry M. Silvia 1980 

Jean B. Cotton 1980 

Mary Jane MacArthur 1980 

Hermon J. Maynard 1981 

Osborne F. Ingram 1981 

Donald F. Steele 1981 

Chief of Police Under Civil Service 

Randolph A. Feola 

Police Lieutenant Under Civil Service 

Charles E. Stockbridge 

Sergeants of Police Under Civil Service 

Richard P. Barrow 
John J. Rhodes, III 

Patrolmen Under Civil Service 

Carmelo Conte 
Brian Cogill 
CHfton B. Jones 
Joseph M. Kealey 
Randolph A. Feola, Jr. 
Brian W. Noonan 
Richard J. Abbadessa 
Richard S. Churchill 
Gerald P. Doyle 
David J. Pomerico 
Richard J. Fairbairn 
Paul J. Laugelle 
Gerard A. Buckley 

Permanent Intermittent Police Officers Assigned to the Police Department 

Frederick H. Grassie 
Robert W. Jackson 
Paul J. Rooney 
Robert S. Williams, Jr. 

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Auxiliary Police Officers (Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness) 

Albert L. Andrews, Captain 
Richard Yocum, Sergeant 
Maureen F. Healy, Sergeant 
Lawrence D. Ainslie 
Jon H. Small 
Aithur 0. Wood 
Ellena A. Andrews 

Special Police Officers 

Harry H. Ritter Harbor Master 

Clifford J. Dickson Cohasset Yacht Club & Assist. Harbor Master 

William G. Stone Assistant Harbor Master 

John F. Hubbard Assistant Harbor Master (Little Harbor) 

Janice Rosano Shellfish Constable 

Harold Litchfield Highway Surveyor 

Chai'les Piepenbrink Fire Chief 

Stephen Wigmore Superintendent of Wires 

Edwin H. Pratt Superintendent of Water & Sewer Dept. 

Peter G. Laugelle Superintendent of Tree & Park Dept. 

Lester Hiltz Director of Civil Defense 

Nelson Pratt, Jr Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

J. Nelson Patroha Gas Inspector 

Lot E. Bates, Jr Sealer of Weights & Measures 

Kenneth S. Sargent Custodian of Town Hall 

Theodore O. Macklin Cohasset Sailing Club 

Arthur Washburn Cohasset Golf Club 

Austin L. Aheam, Jr Private 

Chai'les E. Butman Private 

Norman G. Grassie Private 

George E. Haley Private 

David E. Place Private 

Robert B. James Private 

Frank E. Jason Private 

Richardson White Private 

Joseph A. Silvia Private 

Louis C. Bailey Private 

Frank Loiacono, Jr Private 

Eric G. Pearson Private 

Bernard Salvador Fish Warden 

James F. Curley Harbor Patrol 

David R. Marks, Jr Harbor Patrol 

Manuel Salvador Sewer Plant 

John M. Worley Recreation Director 

Assistant Harbor Masters for Night Patrol at Harbor 

James F. Curley 
David R. Marks, Jr. 

Lockup Keepers 

Randolph A. Feola 
Charles E. Stockbridge 



Dog Officer 

John H. Barrett (under article 24, May 1976 Town Meeting) 

Fire Department Under Civil Service 

Chai'les Piepenbrink, Chief 

Thomas Hernan, Jr., Deputy Chief 

George Casey, Captain 

Roger Lincoln, Captain 

James Lee Gurry, Captain 

Ralph Perroncello, Firefighter 

Ernest Sullivan, Firefighter 

Frank Wheelwright, Firefighter, (retired Dec. 28, 1978) 

David R. Mai'ks, Firefighter 

John Thompson, Firefighter 

William Nickerson, Firefighter 

Richard Conley, Firefighter 

Edward Barrow, Firefighter 

Linwood Davis, Firefighter 

Arthur Pompeo, Jr., Firefighter 

Edward Corbo, Firefighter 

John Boswell, III, Firefighter 

Paul McGaffigan, Firefighter 

Edward Struzik, Firefighter 

Matthew B. Marr, Firefighter 

Thomas P. Finegan, Firefighter 

Mark H. Trask, Firefighter 

James P. Runey, Firefighter 

James R. Sheerin, Firefighter 

William T. Litchfield, Firefighter 

Randall W. Rosano, Firefighter 

James E. Fiori, Firefighter 

John M. Sullivan, Firefighter 

William J. Protulis, Firefighter 

Forest Warden 

Charles Piepenbrink 

Local Superintendent of Insect Pest Control 

Peter G. Laugelle 

Director of Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness 

Lester Hiltz 

Deputy Director of Civil Defense 

Nelson C. Pratt 

Tow^n Counsel 

J. Blake Thaxter, Jr. 



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Assistant Town Counsel 

Richard A. Henderson 
Maurice E. McLaughlin, Jr. 

Recreation Director 

JackM. Worley (apptd. by the Recreation Commission under article 54, May 1976 
T.M.) 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Lot E. Bates, Jr. 

Superintendent of Water and Sewer Department 

Edwin H. Pratt 

Superintendent of Wires 

Stephe'n F. Wigmore 

Measurers of Wood and Bark 

Harold W. Litchfield 
John W. Trayers 

Director of Veterans' Affairs 

T. Gerard Keating 

Veterans' Burial Agent 

T. Gerard Keating 

Health Agent 

Kevin P. O'Brien 

Constable 

A. J. Antoine, Jr. 

Inspector of Public Buildings 

James A. Litchfield 

Caretakers 

Gerry Cogill, Woodside Cemetery (under Tree & Park Dept.) 

Albert Meallo, Perkins Cemetery 

John Cogill, Beechwood Cemeteiy (under Tree & Park Dept. 

Fence Viewers 

Anthony Emanuello 
John Winters 
Burtram J. Pratt 

Harbormaster 

Harry H. Ritter 



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Assistant Harbormaster 

Clifford J. Dickson 

William G. Stone 

John F. Hubbard (for Little Harbor) 

Shellfish Constable 

Rocco W. Rosano (died April 24, 1978) 
Janice M. Rosano (apptd. August 2, 1978) 

Deputy Shellfish Constable 

Ellery C. S. Sidney 

Fish Warden 

Bernard J. Salvador, Jr. 

Town Archivist 

Frank Hamilton 

Gas Inspector 

J. Nelson Patrolia 

Deputy Gas Inspector 

Donald E. Clark 

Plumbing Inspector 

Ted Patrolia 

Assistant Plumbing Inspector 

Donald E. Clark 

Custodian of Town Hall 

Kenneth S. Sargent 

Honorary Town Engineer 

Gilbert S. Tower 

Commissioner of South Shore Mosquito Project 

Peter G. Laugelle 

Board of Appeals 

Robert S. Booth, Jr., Chairman 1979 

James R. DeGiacomo 1980 

Robert D. Londergan 1981 

Associate Members 

Nathan W. Bates 1979 

Bruce P. Gilmore (Apptd. 10/25/78) 1981 



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Organization of Board of Selectmen 

Arthur L. Clark, Chairman 

Mary Jeanette Murray 

Henry W. AinsHe, Jr. 

Marguerite B. Ramsay, Admin. Secretary 

Board of Tree and Park Commissioners 

Members of Board of Selectmen 

Tree and Park Superintendent 

Peter G. Laugelle 

Organization of Board of Assessors 

Warren S. Pratt, Chairman 
F. Allen Weisenfluh 
Michael C. PatroUa 
Dorothy V. Graham, Clerk 
Joan M. St. John, Asst. Clerk 

Term Expires 
School Facilities Committee, under Article 42, March Meeting 1960 

Appointed by the Moderator & Article 33 
of 1975 Meeting. 

Robert H. Sturdy, Chairman 1981 

Ralph Dormitzer 1978 

John F. Keane 1980 

Appointed by the Selectmen 

Robert L. Julian 1979 

Sheila S. Evans 1978 

Frances P. Loughran 1982 

Appointed by the School Committee 

Patricia A. Walsh 1982 

Joseph Perroncello 1979 

Frank W. England 1981 

Personnel Board, appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, the 
Town Moderator and Chairman of the Advisory Committee 

Leonard F. Lawrence 1979 

George W. Baird, Jr. 1981 

Robert L. Rice 1979 

Millard L. Drake, Chairman 1981 

Norman F. Megathlin 1980 

Cohasset Harbor Committee 

Charles G. Fink, Chairman 
Harry H. Ritter 
Theodore 0. Macklin 
Richard P. Barrow 
William G. Stone 
Michael Wilson 



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At the Request of the Mass. Transportation Commission to Represent the Town 
of Cohasset in the Greater Boston Region - appointed by the Board of Selectmen 

Arthui' L. Clai^k, Chairman, Board of Slectmen 
Glenn A. Pratt, Chairman, Planning Board 
Louis F. Eaton, Jr. 

Term Expires 

Conservation Commission (Under Article 34, March Meeting, 1961) 

John F. Hubbard, Chairman 1981 

John K. Bryant 1979 

Patricia C. Buckley 1980 

Austin O'Toole 1980 

Peter J. O'Loughlin, Jr. 1979 

Jo Ann A. Ford 1979 

Janet A. Ditmar 1981 

Building Inspector and Zoning Officer 

James A. Litchfield 

Council for the Aging 

Rev. John J. Keohane (apptd. Nov. 15, 1978) 

Thomas F. Meagher (apptd. June 7, 1978) 

Helen K. Barbary (apptd. June 7, 1978) 

Dorothy Morse 

Herbert Sherbrooke 

George E. Fellows 

Ahce G. Daunt 

Conrad Ericsson 

Betty P. Enders 

Francis Antoine (honorary) 

Term Expires 

Committee to Study the Government Island Property 

Rocco F. Laugelle 1981 

Edwin A. Young, Chairman 1981 

Edward J. Figueiredo 1981 

Harry H. Ritter ^ 1979 

Herbert R. Towle ' 1979 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 1980 

Richard P. Barrow 1980 

Capital Budget Committee, Appointed by the Moderator, Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen, and Chairman of the Advisory Board Under Resolution March 
1971 Annual Town Meeting. 

Richard J. Avery, Chairman 
Martha K. Gjesteby 
Wilham E. Kelley 
Mary Jane MacArthur 
Leavitt T. Goodwin 



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Term Expires 
Historical Commission 

Noel A. Ripley, Chairman 1980 

Linda V. Hewitt 1979 

Mary Jane MacArthur 1980 

Francis D. Collins 1979 

Janet M. Daggett 1981 

Betty P. Enders 1979 

Avis M. Sweeney 1981 

Building Code Appeal Board 

Joseph W. MacDonald 1979 

Francis A. Evans 1980 

Frederic H. Wood, Jr. 1981 

By-Law Study Committee 

CorneHa L. O'Malley, Chairman 

Mary E. Gainor 

Richard A. Henderson 

Roger W. Nast 

David E. Place, Ex-officio 

Board of Selectmen, Ex-officio 

Route 228 Regional Transportation Study Committee 

Millard MacNeill 

Drainage Advisory Committee, Under Article 42, May 1975 Town Meeting 
appointed by Moderator, Chairman of Board of Selectmen and Chairman 
Advisory Committee. 

William J. Montouri, Chairman 1979 

Robert G. Appleyard 1980 

Milton F. Higgins (Apptd. Aug., 1978) 1981 

Design Review Board Appointed by Chairman of Selectmen, Chairman of Advisory 
Commission & Moderator. Under Article 37, May 1976 Annual Town Meeting. 

Elizabeth S. Hoopes, Chairman 1981 

Laurence W. Fone, Jr. 1981 

Margaret M. Benson 1979 

A. Patrick McCarthy 1979 

Roger Porter, Assoc. Member 

Richard C. Tousley 1980 

Roger S. Whitley, Assoc. Member 
James A. Litchfield, Ex-Officio 

Fire Station Study Committee (Appointed by Chairman of Selectmen, Moderator, 
and Chairman of Advisory Committee under Article 34, May 1976 T.M.) 

Lot E. Bates, Jr., Chairman 
Paula Meallo 
John A. Reardon 
Francis X. Johnston 
Robert N. Maki 

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Term Expires 
Committee to Study Town Government Structure (Appointed by Chairman of 
Selectmen, Moderator and Chairman of Advisory Committee under Article 36, 
May 1976 Town Meeting) 

William D. Weeks, Chairman 1979 

Thomas E. Atkinson 1980 

Mary E. Gainor 1980 

T. Gerard Keating 1979 

Donna J. McGee 1979 

Phillip N. Bowditch 1981 

Francis J. Mitchell 1981 

Town Offices Space Study Committee 

Daniel S. Campbell 
Daniel C. Cotton, Chairman 
Theodore Patroha 
Margaret M. Dillon 
James R. Hooper 
Joseph F. Cotter 
Richard J. Avery 
Warren S. Pratt 
Clifford J. Dickson 

Community Center Study Committee (Appointed by Troika, Recreation Commission, 
and Community Center Directors, under Special Town Meeting of December 6, 
1976.) 

Matthew B. White, Chairman 
Donald E. Bearron 
Hamilton T. Tewksbury 
Irene E. Brown 
Arthur M. Pompeo 
Frances M. Wakeman 
Arnold N. Weeks 

Cohasset Historic District Commission: (appointed by the Board of Selectmen 
under Article 34 , April 1978 T.M.) 

Peter J. Wood, Chairman 
Charles C. Wheelwright 
Walter C. Paulding 
Thomas E. Atkinson 
Barbara W. Weisenfluh 
Elizabeth E. Stevenson 
Patricia A. Conway 
Grace F. Russell Alternate) 
Mary W. Hurley (alternate) 



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JURY DUTY - 1978 



Anstead, William J. 
Bellefontaine, Patricia 
Brandt, Arnold A. 
Brockman, Daniel 
Brown, Robert A. 
Chamberlain, John P. 
Coblentz, Abraham 
Coleman, John J. 
Dooley, Joseph R. 
Dormitzer, Henry 
Finegan. Anthony James 
Giuggio, Barbara S. 
Gustafson, Carl John, Jr. 
Hamilton, Frank C. J. 
Handrahan, Arthur W. 
Harding, Stephanie S. 
HoUingshead, Jean L. 
Kelleher, Anne 
Kenney, John E. 
King, Jeremy 
King, Robert C. 
Kraft, Janet F. 
Leavitt, Mary L. 
Mantz, Judith S. 
Muldoon, Dorothy 
Nash, Jane M. 
Nason, Louise N. 
O'Brien. Cornelius J. 
Pearson, Evelyn L. . 
Ripley, Nancy P. 
Santini, Joseph B. 
Scully, Patricia E. 
Swain, Merritt M. 
Talbot, Rudolph L. 
Tower, Edward E. 
Tyeryar, Eileen 
Wigmore, Grace A. 
Wright, Patricia A. 
Yess, James P. 
Young, Clark N., Jr. 
Hartley, Kenneth F. 



115 Linden Drive 
159 Beachwood St. 

29 Church Street 
3 Ripley Road 
25 Oak Street 

276 North Main St. 
46 Brewster Road 
395 Beechwood Street 
124 Doane Street 

332 South Main Street 
91 Doane Street 
46 Jerusalem Road 
469 Beechwood Street 
244 Beechwood Street 

23 Ledge Way 
460 King Street 
101 Nichols Road 
15 Clay Spring Road 
53 Beechwood Street 
3 Arrowwood Street 
119 Border Street 
464 Beechwood Street 
68 Doane Street 

264 Forest Avenue 
790 Jerusalem Road 
512 King Street 

30 Oak Street 

10 Bayberry Lane 
72 Church Street 
179 South Main Street 
141 Linden Drive 

31 Elm Court 
14 Nichols Road 
25 River Road 
44 Ripley Road 

468 Cheif Justice Gushing Way 

32 Ash Street 

277 Fairoaks Lane 
21 Ledgewood Drive 

24 Short Street 

18 Arrowwood Street 



Service Stat. Prop. 

Housewife 

Marine Engr. 

Engineer 

Welder 

Retired 

Manager 

Sales Manager 

Real Estate 

Exec. 

Quality Assur. 

Homemaker 

Postal Clerk 

U.S. Army 

Indus. Engr. 

Housewife 

Housewife 

Home 

Clinical Chem. 

Telephone Worker 

Salesman 

Housewife 

Home 

Housewife 

Home 

Home 

Home 

Retired 

Housewife 

Housewife 

Pub. Mfg. 

Housewife 

Retired 

Exec. 

Retired 

Housewife 

Housewife 

Housewife 

Administration 

Machinist 

Steelw'Orker 



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ELECTION OFFICERS 
FOR THE YEAR 1978 

In accordance with Chapter 54 of the General Laws, will you please consider 
the following named persons to be appointed as Election Officers for the en- 
suing year. These names have been taken from the list submitted by the Town 
Committees. 



Warden Samuel Hassan R 

Clerk Anthony J. Rosano D 



Clerk Mary N. Grassie 
INSPECTORS - DEMOCRATS 



R 



Bernard Mulcahy 
John Cossart 
Mary Cossart 
Jean Salvador 
Dorothy Bjorkgren 
Frank O.Pattison 



Donna McGee 
Janice Rosano 
Marjorie Libby 
Joan M. St. John 
Patricia Barrow 



Carol Began 
Eileen Buckley 
Patricia J. Buckley 
IrmaM. James 
Arthur L. Lehr, Jr. 
Mary D. Migliaccio 



INSPECTORS - REPUBLICANS 

Maria R. Pape 
Robert Pape 
Margaret Stoughton 
Grace R. Tuckerman 
Dominic M. Baccari 



INSPECTORS - INDEPENDENTS 



Carol Townsend 



Brian Mitchell 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

To the Citizens of Cohasset: 

The big story for the year 1978 was the bhzzard of February 5th and 6th which 
struck with such devastating fury that a state of emergency declared by the 
Governor of the Commonwealth was to paraHze transportation for five more days. 
Though more fortunate than our seacoast neighbors, extensive damage was wrought 
upon the harbor, Sandy Beach and the Atlantic Avenue causeway. Town officials, 
departments and many, many citizens are to be commended for the courageous 
manner by which they responded to protect life, limb and property as well as 
performing numerous acts of mercy for victims more seriously affected in Scituate 
and Hull. 

As a result of the storm, seawalls and harbor floats were destroyed, Sandy Beach 
was ravaged where the seawall was washed out and the sea nearly broke through the 
causeway on Atlantic Avenue. Less spectacular damages were caused all along our 
coastline. 

Our Board moved swiftly by appointing its chairman as the coordinator of 
Federal Disaster Assistance programs to negotiate for repairs of the damage, at no 
cost to the Town. As a result, approximately $207,156.00 was obtained for repairs 
and replacement of lost equipment representing 100 percent of the cost. In addition, 
approximately one half a million dollars is being made available for the rebuilding of 
the causeway and seawalls on Atlantic Avenue. Money has been provided for the 
refurbishing of Sandy Beach if we find it necessary in the Spring of 1979 to do so. All 
work has been substantially completed except for the causeway which was 
temporainly repaired pending reconstruction early next year. 

For the first time in several years, an audit of the accounts and financial affairs of 
the town was performed by an independent certified public accountant in 
accordance with State and Federal standards. A favorable report was issued 
recommending certain improvements in cash management to maximize interest 
income. The report may be examined in the Town Clerk's or Selectmen's office 
during regular business hours. 

The ever-increasing obligation to fund future costs for the contributoiy retire- 
ment system has been a major concern to municipal governments at all levels. 
In order to reduce the future impact, the sum of $50,000.00 has been set aside in a 
special account pursuant to Article 19 of the last annual meeting. The Board will 
continue to support adding to this amount yearly until it approaches a current basis. 

Federal Revenue Sharing and the Comprehensive Employment and Training 
Acts still accrue considerable financial benefit to the Town, though on a reduced 
scale from early years of the programs. The Board continues to seek maximum 
benefits from county, state and federal programs which reduce overall costs and 
increase services to the taxpayers. 



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As usual, the Board meets in open session each week on Wed. evenings except 
during the months of July and August when they are held every other week. 
Numerous previously posted special meetings are held throughout the year when 
urgencies exist. 

The other members of the Board wish to again congratulate fellow member Mary 
Jeanette Murray on the occasion of re-election to the General Court of the 
Commonwealth as Representative for the newly structured district of Cohasset, 
Hingham and Hull. 

The entire Board extends its sincere appreciation to all townspeople, officials, 
employees, boards and committees for their assistance and cooperation throughout 
the year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Arthur L. Clark, Chairman 
Mary Jeanette Murray 
Henry W. Ainslie, Jr. 



HARBOR STUDY COMMITTEE 

The Harbor Study Committee has met regularly over the past year on the first 
Thursday of each month. The committee serves as an advisory group to the Board of 
Selelctmen and, as such, offers recommendations to the selectmen concerning 
harbor operations and maintenance. 

Key among the recommendations in 1978 were those dealing with establishing a 
new procedure for mooring space priority. To bring this about, specific recom- 
mendations were made in the following areas: 

1. Revision of the waiting list procedure, 

2. Division of the harbor into a commercial area and a recreational area for 
mooring purposes, 

3. More detailed regulations pertaining to eligibility for mooring space, 

4. Limitations on boat size. 

These recommendations were accepted and approved as regulations by the 
Board of Selectmen in June, 1978. 

Details of rules and regulations pertaining to harbor operations are available in 
the office of the Harbor Master. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles G. Fink, Chairman 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT OF THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
HELD APRIL 1,1978 

At the Annual Business Meeting held at the Cohasset High School in the 
Joseph M. Sullivan Gym at 10:00 ajn. the following articles were contained in 
the Warrant and acted upon as recorded. 

Checkers previously appointed by the Selectmen for entrance and sworn in 
by Town Clerk Charles A. Marks at 9: 15 ajn. were Margaret C. Heman, Mary N. 
Grassie, Frances L. Marks, Joan M. St. John, Barbara WilUams and Mary M. 
Brennock. 

Tellers appointed by the Moderator David E. Place reported to work at 10:00 
ajn. were Edward E. Tower, Bernard Mulcahy, Robert Pape and Arthur L. 
Lehr, Jr. 

The number of voters present as checked on the incoming voting lists was 
426. 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator at 10:40 ajn. and the 
Town Clerk proceeded to read the call of the meeting. 

At 10:45 ajn., the Moderator declared a recess of the Annual Town Meeting 
to finish the warrant for the Special Town Meeting of October 1 1 , 1977. 

At 11:35 a.m. the Moderator reconvened the Annual Town Meeting. 

Rev. John Benbow gave the invocation. 

Members of the Cohasset Boy Scout Troup lead the pledge of allegiance to 
the flag. 

Article 1. To choose all Town Officers not required to be elected by ballot. 

Moved. The appropriate appointing authority as established under General 
Laws choose all Town Officers not required to be elected by ballot. 

Article 1 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 2. To act upon the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in 
the Annual Town Report for 1977. 

Moved. That the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the An- 
nual Town Report for 1977 be accepted. 

Article 2 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 3. To hear the report of any Committee heretofore chosen and act 
thereon. 

Main Motion No. 1. Moved. That the Community Center Study Committee 
be discharged with appreciation for work done. 

Article 3, Motion No. 1 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 



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Main Motion No. 2. Moved. That the reports of Town Committees be heard 
and accepted and continued. 

Article 3, Main Motion No. 2 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 4. To see if the Town will vote to fix the salaries and compensation 
of Elected Officers, and to see what sums the Town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate, from available funds, or otherwise, for the payment of said salaries 
and compensation, expenses, equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of 
the several Town Departments, for the ensuing fiscal year, or act on anything 
relating thereto. 

See Appendix A. 

Moved. That this article be considered, covered and acted upon in one vote, 
that the sum of $6,329,958.00 is appropriated, the sum of $39,702.00 for 
salaries of elected Town Officers as follows: Town Clerk $4,599.00, Clerk, 
Board of Registrars $329.00, Highway Surveyor $11,097.00, Moderator 
$150.00, Treasurer-Collector $16,727.00, Selectmen $3,100.00, Assessors 
$3,700.00 for the ensuing fiscal year and that $6,290,256.00 for interest, 
maturing debts, charges, salaries, compensations, operations, maintenance, 
capital outlays and expenses for the various departments for the ensuing fiscal 
year said being recommended for all purposes, itemized per accounts num- 
bered 1-00 thru 49-00 inclusive, copy attached hereto, and to meet said ap- 
propriation the sum of $690.58 is transferred from Dog Licenses received 
from County, $2,919.38 is transferred fromState Aid for Libraries, $150,000.00 
is transferred from Federal Revenue Sharing Funds received or to be received, 
$494,647.00 from Water Department estimated receipts and the sum of 
$1,000.00 from Account 33-12, Construction of Addition to Jr.-Sr. High 
School etc., Article 25, March 4, 1967, and the balance $5,680,701.04 is raised 
by taxation. 



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31 



First motion to amend Main Motion made by Mr. Robert Weil. 

Moved. That the motion for Article 4 be and hereby is amended by deleting 
the figure $55,677.00 in account #25-01 and substituting therefor the figure 
$65,677.00; and by deleting the figure of $242,126.00 shown as total highways 
and substituting therefore the figure of $252,126.00 and by deleting the figure 
of $6,329,958.00 shown as Grand Total Budget Article and substituting there- 
fore the figure of $6,339,958.00 and that the sum of $6,339,958.00 is appropri- 
ated, the sum of $39,702.00 for salaries of elected Town Officers as follows: 
Town Clerk $4,599.00, Clerk, Board of Registrars $329.00, Highway Surveyor 
$11,097.00, Moderator $150.00, Treasurer-Collector $16,727.00, Selectmen 
$3,100.00, Assessors $3,700.00 for the ensuing fiscal year and that 
$6,300,256.00 for interest, maturing debts, charges, salaries, compensations, 
operations, maintenance, capital outlays and expenses for the various depart- 
ments for the' ensuing fiscal year said being recommended for all purposes, 
itemized per accounts numbered 1-00 thru 49-00 inclusive, copy attached here- 
to, and to meet said appropriation the sum of $690.58 is transferred from Dog 
Licenses received from County, $2,919.38 is transferred from State Aid for 
Libraries, $150,000.00 is transferred from Federal Revenue Sharing Funds re- 
ceived or to be received, $494,647.00 from Water Department estimated re- 
ceipts and the sum of $1 ,000.00 from Account 33-12, Construction of Addition 
to Jr.-Sr. High School etc., Article 25, March 4, 1967, and the balance 
$5 ,690,701 .04 is raised by taxation. 

First motion to amend Main Motion defeated by a voice vote. 

Article 4, Main Motion voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

RESOLUTION MADE BY BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Whereas, twenty -two (22) years of dedicated service has been given by Louis 
C. Bailey as Cohasset Highway surveyor, be it resolved that the Town of Cohas- 
set express its gratitude to Mr. Bailey at this town meeting. 

Resolution voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

At 1:05 p.m. the moderator recessed the meeting for lunch. 

At 2:05 p.m. the moderator called the meeting to order. 

RESOLUTION MADE BY BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Be it resolved that the Town of Cohasset express the gratitude of the Town 
Officials, and Taxpayers to John Wilson and Margaret Lynch for their time and 
efforts as members of the Advisory Committee for the past 6 years. 

Resolution voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 5. To hear and act upon the report and recommendations of the 
Personnel Committee, and to see if the Town will vote to amend its Personnel 
Classification By-Law Schedule by adopting or amending and adopting and 
inserting and substituting a schedule for the schedule heretofore adopted and to 



32 



raise and appropriate a sum of money necessary to pay said increases in compen- 
sation according to any amendments to said Personnel Classification By-Law 
Schedule, for the ensuing fiscal year or act on anything relating thereto. 

SALARY SCHEDULE 



SCHEDULE NO 


. 1 


HOURLY 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 


Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


SI 


3.51 


3.63 


3.76 


3.85 


S2 


3.63 


3.76 


3.85 


4.10 


S3 


3.76 


3.85 


4.10 


4.35 


S4 


3.85 


4.10 


4.35 


4.58 


S5 


4.10 


4.35 


4.58 


4.78 


S6 


4.35 


4.58 


4.78 


5.04 


S7 


4.58 


4.78 
ANNUAL 


5.04 


5.30 


S8 


10,816 


11,220 


11,589 


11,977 


S9 


11,529 


11,866 


12,200 


12,538 


SIO 


12,189 


12,559 


12,930 


13,297 


Sll 


12,704 


13,094 


13,488 


13,881 


S12 


13,499 


13,923 


14,349 


14,775 


S13 


13,881 


14,327 


14,774 


15,256 


514 


14,710 


15,314 


15,922 


16,520 


S15 


15,232 


15,832 


16,440 


17,045 


S16 


17,609 


18,294 


19,005 


19,746 


S17 


18,549 


19,271 


20,021 


20,801 


SCHEDULE NO 


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ANNUAL 
Police Department 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 




(Per Collective Bargaining Agreement) 




Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


PS-9 


12,762 


13,062 


13,362 


13,662 


PS-11 


— 


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15,262 


PS-12 


— 


— 


— 


16,862 


PS-15 


- 


- 


- 


24,592 


PoHce officers working night shifts are paid an additional premium of 6!^%. 


SCHEDULE NO 


.3 


ANNUAL 
Fire Department 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 




(Per Collective Bargaining Agreement) 




Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


FS-9 


12,297 


12,603 


12,921 


13,211 


FS-10 


- 


- 


— 


14,129 


FS-11 


14,258 


14,612 


14,964 


15,320 


FS-12 


15,804 


16,023 


16,429 


16,832 


FS-15 


- 


- 


- 


23,780 



33 



PS-15, Police Chief and FS-15 Fire Chief while not covered by Collective Bar- 
gaining agreement are paid at a rate equal to 1 .8 times the Maximum Rate of 
PS-9 and FS-9 in accordance with Mass. G.L. Ch. 48 Section 57G. 



SCHEDULE NO. 4 






HOURLY 






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Public Works 






June 30, 1977 




(Per Collective Bargaining Agreement) 




Pay Group 


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3.67 






3.78 




3.92 


4.03 


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3.89 






4.01 




4.13 


4.26 


W3 


4.06 






4.19 




4.33 


4.46 


W4 


4.26 






4.36 




4.49 


4.63 


W5 


4.46 






4.57 




4.72 


4.83 


W6 


4.58 






4.74 




4.84 


4.99 


W7 


4.68 






4.79 




4.87 


5.06 


W8 


4.72 






4.83 




4.93 


5.10 


W9 


4.86 






5.00 




5.08 


5.25 


WIO 


5.07 






5.16 




5.29 


5.41 


Wll 


5.28 






5.43 




5.58 


5.73 


WWl 


3.89 






4.01 




4.13 


4.26 


WW2 


4.58 






4.74 




4.84 


4.99 


WW3 


5.26 






5.36 




5.50 


5.62 


SCHEDULE NO. 5 






ANNUAL 






July 1,1978 to 
















June 30, 1979 


Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st 


Step 


2nd Step 


3rd 


Step 4th Step Max. Rate 


L14 


13,962 


14,538 


15,113 


15,682 16,519 17,117 



SCHEDULE NO. 6 



PART TIME POSITIONS 



Caretaker of Perkins Cemetery and Beechwood Cemetery 

Inspector of Slaughtering and Animals 

Veterans' Agent 

Assistant Harbor Master (2) 

Member, Board of Registrars 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Constable - Per Notice 

Intermittent Patrolman - Per Hour 

Election Officers - Per Hour 

Election Clerk - Per Hour 

Election Warden - Per Hour 

Casual Labor - Per Hour 

Grave Digger - Per Grave 

Director of Civil Defense 

Intermittent Firefighter - Per Hour 

Superintendent Sewer Dept. - Annually 

Shellfish Constable 



RATE 

July 1,1978 to 

June 30, 1979 

3.96 

277.00 

1,600.00 

50.00 

326.00 

500.00 

15.00 

4.96 

3.22 

3.48 

3.79 

3.76 

45.00 

310.50 

4.96 

1,572.00 

200.00 



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Pages (Library) Per Hour 






2.43 


Custodian (Library) Per Hour 






4.38 


Planning Board - Administrative Secretary 






4.12 


Zoning Board of Appeals - Secretary 






4.53 


Conservation Commission - Clerical Assistance 




4.12 


SCHEDULE NO. 7 HOURLY 


July 1, 


1978 to 






June 30, 1979 


Pay Group Min. Rate 1st Step 2nd 


Step Max 


.Rate 


W2-1 4.06 4.26 


4.47 


4.69 




LIST OF DEPARTMENTS 






Department 


Pay Group 


Schedule 


Hours 


Board of Selectmen 








Administrative Secretary 


S6 




35 


Clerk 


SI 




35 


Town Accountant 


S17 






Clerk and Assistant Accountant 


S6 




35 


Clerk-Bookkeeper 


S5 




20 


Treasurer-Collector 








Assistant Treasurer and Clerk 


S6 




35 


Clerk 


S4 




20 


Clerk 


S4 




20 


Board of Assessors 








Clerk 


S6 




35 


Clerk Typist 


S3 




20 


Town Clerk 








Clerk and Assistant Town Clerk 


S6 




35 


Town Hall Custodian 


W2-1 




46 


Police Department 








Police Chief 


PS15 


2 




Lieutenant 


PS12 


2 


371/i 


Sergeant 


PSll 


2 


31^A 


Patrolman 


PS9 


2 


3TA 


Fire Department 








Fire Chief 


FS15 


3 




Deputy Chief 


FS12 


3 


42 


Captain 


FSll 


3 


42 


Firefighter-Master Mechanic 


FSIO 


3 


42 


Private 


FS9 


3 


42 


Wire Department 








Superintendent 


S14 


1 




Lineman -Electrician 


W-11 


4 


40 


Lineman Apprentice 


W4 


4 


40 


Building Inspector and Zoning Officer 


Sll 


1 


35 


Tree and Park Department 








Superintendent-Working 


S12 


1 


40 


Skilled Laborer 


W-7 


4 


40 


Tree Climber 


W-5 


4 


40 


Laborer 


W-4 


4 


40 



35 



Department 


Pay Group 


Schedule 


Hours 


Board of Health 








Health Agent 


S12 


1 




Sewer Department 








Chief Operator 


WW3 


4 


40 


Operator-Part Time 


WW2 


4 




Assistant Operator-Part Time 


WWl 


4 




UtiUty Man-Part Time 


W4 






Clerk 


S3 


1 


15 


Highway Department 








Working Foreman 


WIO 


4 


48 


Supervisor of Disposal Area 


W9 


4 


40 


Heavy Equipment Operator 


W8 


4 


40 


Skilled Laborer 


W5 


4 


40 


Laborer-Disposal Area 


W3 


4 


40 


Laborer-Truck Driver 


W2 


4 


40 


Laborer 


Wl 


4 


40 


Harbor Department 








Harbor Master 


SIO 


1 




Library 








Chief Librarian 


L14 


5 




Librarian 


S8 


1 


35 


Librarian 


S8 


1 


Part-Time 


Paraprofessional 


S7 


1 


14 


Clerk 


S2 


1 


25 


Clerk 


SI 


1 


29 


Clerk 


SI 


1 


25 


Custodian 




6 


18 


Pages 




6 




Recreation Department 








Recreation Director 


S12 


1 




Water Department 








Superintendent 


S16 


1 




Clerk 


S5 


1 


35 


Working Foreman 


WIO 


4 


40 


Engineer 


W9 


4 


40 


Serviceman 


W8 


4 


40 


Pumping Station Operator and Analyst 


W5 


4 


40 


Utility Man-Part Time 


W4 


4 




Cemetery Department 








Laborer 


W2 


4 


40 



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SALARY SCHEDULE ELECTED OFFICIALS 
(For Information Only — Not Subject to Compensation Plan) 

JOB TITLE ANNUAL RATES July 1 , 1 978 to 

June 30, 1979 

Town Clerk 4,599 

Clerk, Board of Registrars 329 

Highway Surveyor 1 1 ,097 

Moderator 150 

Treasurer-Collector 17,647 
Board of Selectmen 

Chairman 1,100 

Member 1,000 
Board of Assessors 

Chairman 1,300 

Member 1,200 

Article 5. Moved. That the report and recommendation of the Personnel 
Committee with respect to amending the Personnel Classification By-Law 
Schedule be and hereby is amended by adopting, inserting and substituting the 
following schedule for the schedule heretofore adopted; and that the sum of 
$10,624.00 be appropriated from Water Department estimated receipts and the 
balance of $35,293.00 is raised and appropriated by taxation to pay increases 
set forth in the amended schedule for the ensuing fiscal period and these 
amounts are to be credited to the personal services appropriation accounts 
affected in accordance with the attached schedule. 

SCHEDULE 1 

Cost of Amendments to Personnel Committee By-Law in 
Accordance with Article 5 

Folio Department 

2-00 Selectmen - Personal Services $ 857.00 

3-00 Accountant - Personal Services 2,840.00 

4-00 Treasurer-Collector - Personal Services 1,243.00 

6-00 Assessors - Personal Services 726.00 

9-00 Town Clerk - Personal Services 966.00 

1 1-00 Town Hall - Personal Services 366.00 

15-00 Wire Department - Personal Services 3,367.00 

17-00 Building Inspector - Personal Services 1 ,277.00 

18-00 Tree and Park Department - Personal Services 4,756.00 

20-00 Board of Health - Personal Services 770.00 

23-00 Refuse & Garbage Disposal - Personal Services 2,316.00 

24-00 Sewer Department - Personal Services 2 , 1 22 .00 

25-00 Highway Department - Personal Services 7,130.00 

29-00 Harbor Department - Personal Services 693.00 

34-00 Library Department - Personal Services 4,183.00 

36-00 Recreation Department - Personal Services 748.00 

46-00 Water Department - Personal Services 10,624.00 

47-00 Cemeteries - Personal Services 933.00 

TOTAL $45,917.00 

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SALARY SCHEDULE 



SCHEDULE NO 


.1 


HOURLY 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 


Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


SI 


3.51 


3.63 


3.76 


3.85 


S2 


3.63 


3.76 


3.85 


4.10 


S3 


3.76 


3.85 


4.10 


4.35 


S4 


3.85 


4.10 


4.35 


4.58 


S5 


4.10 


4.35 


4.58 


4.78 


S6 


4.35 


4.58 


4.78 


5.04 


S7 


4.58 


4.78 
ANNUAL 


5.04 


5.30 


S8 


10,816 


11,220 


11,589 


11,977 


S9 


11,529 


11,866 


12,200 


12,538 


SIO 


12,189 


12,559 


12,930 


13,297 


Sll 


12,704 


13,094 


13,488 


13,881 


S12 


13,499 


13,923 


14,349 


14,775 


S13 


13,881 


14,327 


14,774 


15,256 


S14 


14,710 


15,314 


15,922 


16,520 


S15 


15,232 


15,832 


16,440 


17,045 


S16 


17,609 


18,294 


19,005 


19,746 


S17 


18,549 


19,271 


20,021 


20,801 


SCHEDULE NO 


.2 


ANNUAL 
Police Department 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 




(Per Collective Bargaining Agreement) 




Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


PS-9 


12,762 


13,062 


13,362 


13,662 


PS-11 


— 


— 


— 


15,262 


PS-12 


— 


— 


— 


16,862 


PS-15 


- 


- 


- 


24,592 


Police officers working night shifts are paid an additional premium of 6^^%. 


SCHEDULE NO 


.3 


ANNUAL 
Fire Department 




July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 




(Per Collective Bargaining Agreement) 




Pay Group 


Min. Rate 


1st Step 


2nd Step 


Max. Rate 


FS-9 


12,297 


12,603 


12,921 


13,211 


FS-10 


- 


- 


- 


14,129 


FS-11 


14,258 


14,612 


14,964 


15,320 


FS-12 


15,804 


16,023 


16,429 


16,832 


FS-15 


— 


— 


— 


23,780 



PS-15, Police Chief and FS-15 Fire Chief while not covered by Collective Bar- 
gaining agreement are paid at a rate equal to 1 .8 times the Maximum Rate of 
PS-9 and FS-9 in accordance with Mass. G.L. Ch. 48 Section 57G. 



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SCHEDULE NO. 4 



Pay Group 

Wl 

W2 

W3 

W4 

W5 

W6 

W7 

W8 

W9 

WIO 

Wll 

WWl 

WW2 

WW3 



Min. Rate 

4.07 
4.31 
4.50 
4.72 
4.94 
5.07 
5.18 
5.23 
5.38 
5.62 
5.85 
4.31 
5.07 
5.83 



SCHEDULE NO. 5 



Pay Group, 

L14 



Min. Rate 

13,962 



1st Step 

14,538 



HOURLY 

1st Step 

4.19 
4.44 
4.64 
4.83 
5.06 
5.25 
5.31 
5.35 
5.54 
5.72 
6.02 
4.44 
5.25 
5.94 

ANNUAL 

2nd Step 

15,113 



2nd Step 

4.34 
4.58 
4.80 
4.97 
5.23 
5.36 
5.39 
5.46 
5.63 
5.86 
6.18 
4.58 
5.36 
6.09 



July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 

Max. Rate 

4.46 
4.72 
4.94 
5.13 
5.35 
5.53 
5.61 
5.65 
5.82 
5.99 
6.35 
4.72 
5.53 
6.23 



3rd Step 

15,682 



SCHEDULE NO. 6 



PART TIME POSITIONS 



Caretaker of Perkins Cemetery and Beech wood Cemetery 

Inspector of Slaughtering and Animals 

Veterans' Agent 

Assistant Harbor Master (2) 

Member, Board of Registrars 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Constable - Per Notice 

Intermittent Patrolman - Per Hour 

Election Officers - Per Hour 

Election Clerk - Per Hour 

Election Warden - Per Hour 

Casual Labor - Per Hour 

Grave Digger - Per Grave 

Director of Civil Defense 

Intermittent Firefighter - Per Hour 

Superintendent Sewer Dept. - Annually 

Shellfish Constable 

Pages (Library) Per Hour 

Custodian (Library) Per Hour 

Planning Board - Administrative Secretary 

Zoning Board of Appeals - Secretary 

Conservation Commission - Clerical Assistance 



July 1, 1973 to 
June 30, 1979 

4th Step Max. Rate 

16,519 17,117 

RATE 

July 1,1978 to 
June 30, 1979 

3.96 

277.00 

1,600.00 

50.00 

326.00 

500.00 

15.00 

4.96 

3.22 

3.48 

3.79 

3.76 

45.00 

310.50 

4.96 

1,572.00 

200.00 

2.43 

4.38 

4.12 

4.53 

4.12 



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SCHEDULE NO. 7 


HOURLY 


Julyl, 


1978 to 








June 30, 1979 


Pay Group Min. Rate 


1st Step 2nd 


Step 


Max 


.Rate 


W2-1 4.06 


4.26 


4.47 




4.69 




LIST OF DEPARTMENTS 








Department 




Pay Group 


Schedule 


Hours 


Board of Selectmen 












Administrative Secretary 




S6 


1 




35 


Clerk 




SI 


1 




35 


Town Accountant 




S17 


1 






Clerk and Assistant Accountant 




S6 


1 




35 


Clerk-Bookkeeper 




S5 


1 




20 


Treasurer-Collector 












Assistant Treasurer and Clerk 




S6 


1 




35 


Clerk 




S4 


1 




20 


Clerk 




S4 


1 




20 


Board of Assessors 












Clerk 




S6 


1 




35 


Clerk Typist 




S3 


1 




20 


Town Clerk 












Clerk and Assistant Town Clerk 




S6 


1 




35 


Town Hall Custodian 




W2-1 


7 




46 


Police Department 












Police Chief 




PS15 


2 






Lieutenant 




PS12 


2 




3TA 


Sergeant 




PSll 


2 




3VA 


Patrolman 




PS9 


2 




371/2 


Fire Department 












Fire Chief 




FS15 


3 






Deputy Chief 




FS12 


3 




42 


Captain 




FSU 


3 




42 


Firefighter-Master Mechanic 




FSIO 


3 




42 


Private 




FS9 


3 




42 


Wire Department 












Superintendent 




S14 


1 






Lineman-Electrician 




W-11 


4 




40 


Lineman Apprentice 




W-4 


4 




40 


Building Inspector and Zoning Officer 


SU 


1 




35 


Tree and Park Department 












Superintendent-Working 




S12 


1 




40 


SkUled Laborer 




W-7 


4 




40 


Tree Climber 




W-5 


4 




40 


Laborer 




W-4 


4 




40 


Board of Health 












Health Agent 




S12 


1 






Sewer Department 












Chief Operator 




WW3 


4 




40 


Operator-Part Time 




WW2 


4 







40 



Department 


Pay Group 


Schedule 


Hours 


Assistant Operator-Part Time 


WWl 


4 




Utility Man-Part Time 


W4 






Clerk 


S3 


1 


15 


Highway Department 








Working Foreman 


WIO 


4 


48 


Supervisor of Disposal Area 


W9 


4 


40 


Heavy Equipment Operator 


W8 


4 


40 


Skilled Laborer 


W5 


4 


40 


Laborer-Disposal Area 


W3 


4 


40 


Laborer-Truck Driver 


W2 


4 


40 


Laborer 


Wl 


4 


40 


Harbor Department 








Harbor Master 


SIO 


1 




Library 








Chief Librarian 


L14 


5 




Librarian 


S8 


1 


35 


Librarian 


S8 


1 


Part Time 


Paraprofessional 


S7 


1 


14 


Clerk 


S2 


1 


25 


Clerk 


SI 


1 


29 


Clerk 


SI 


1 


25 


Custodian 




6 


18 


Pages 




6 




Recreation Department 








Recreation Director 


S12 


1 




Water Department 








Superintendent 


S16 


1 




Clerk 


S5 


1 


35 


Chief Treatment Plant Operator 


Wll 


4 


40 


Working Foreman 


WIO 


4 


40 


Treatment Plant Operators 


W5 




40 


Engineer 


W9 


4 


40 


Serviceman 


W8 


4 


40 


Utility Man-Part Time 


W4 


4 




Cemetery Department 








Laborer 


W2 


4 


40 



Article 5. Voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 6. To hear and act upon the report and recommendations of the Per- 
sonnel Committee with respect to salaries of the Town Elected Officials and to 
see if the Town will vote to accept said recommendations recommending and 
adopting, or amending and adopting the schedule heretofore accepted and 
adopted and to raise and appropriate a sum of money necessary to pay for the 
increase in salary of the Treasurer-Collector for the ensuing fiscal year or act on 
anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the report and recommendations of the Personnel Committee 
be and hereby is accepted and the following salary schedule for the Town Elec- 
ted Officials be and hereby is adopted, accepted and substituted for the schedule 

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heretofore adopted and that the sum of $920.00 be and hereby is raised and 
appropriated by taxation to pay for increases of salaries of Treasurer-Collector 
as set forth in the substituted schedules for the ensuing fiscal period and this 
amount is to be credited to the personal services appropriation accounts affected 
in accordance with the attached schedule. 

SCHEDULE 2 

Cost of Changes in Annual Rates of Elected 
Officials in Accordance with Article 6 

Folio Department Elected Officials 

4-00 Treasurer-Collector Salary 920.00 

SALARY SCHEDULE ELECTED OFFICIALS 
(For Information Only — Not Subject to Compensation Plan) 

JOB TITLE ANNUAL RATES July 1 , 1978 to 

June 30, 1979 

Town Clerk 4,599 

Clerk, Board of Registrars 329 

Highway Surveyor 1 1 ,097 

Moderator 150 

Treasurer-CoUector 17,647 
Board of Selectmen 

Chairman 1,100 

Member 1,000 
Board of Assessors 

Chairman 1,300 

Member 1,200 

Article 6 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

RESOLUTION BY WILLIAM WEEKS 

Submitted by the committee to Survey the Structure of the Town Govern- 
ment, William D. Weeks, Chairman. 

Resolved, that it is the sense of this Town Meeting that the Board of Asses- 
sors should be supported and encouraged in its efforts to: 

1 . Set the tax rate within thirty (30) days following adjournment of the An- 
nual Town Meeting, assuming receipt of "Notice to Assessors of Fiscal Estimated 
Charges and Receipts to be used in Determining Tax Levy" (Massachusetts 
General Laws, Chapter 58, Section 25a and Chapter 59, Sections 21 and 23), 
commonly referred to as the "Cherry Sheet," or not later than September l,in 
each year, whichever date first occurs, and also 

2. Acquire the services of a part-time professional real estate appraiser to 
assist the Board with its on-going real estate appraisals utilizing such sums of 
money as shall have been voted by this meeting under Article 4, for this purpose. 

Resolution voted unanimously by a voice vote. 



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Article 7. To see if the Town will accept a collective bargaining agreement 
made by and between the Town of Cohasset and the American Federation of 
State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Council 41, Local 1395, or 
any other organization or union representing said employees, and to see what 
sum of money the Town will raise and appropriate to effectuate said agreement 
or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this Article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 7 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 8. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate from Overlay Surplus, 
or otherwise, the sum of $65,000.00 for the purpose of a Reserve Fund, or act 
on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $65,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated for a 
Reserve Fund, and to meet said appropriation $8,304.90 be transferred from 
Reserve Fund-Overlay Surplus, and $56,695.10 be transferred from Surplus 
Revenue. 

Article 8 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 9. To see if the Town will assume liabiUty in the manner provided in 
Section 29 of Chapter 91 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by 
Chapter 5, Acts of 1955, for all damages that may be incurred by work to be 
performed by the Department of Public Works of Massachusetts for the im- 
provements, development, maintenance and protection of tidal and non-tidal 
rivers and streams, harbors, tidewaters and foreshores and shores along a public 
beach, including Merrimac and Connecticut Rivers, in accordance with Section 
2 of Chapter 91 of the General Laws, and authorize the Selectmen to execute 
and deliver a bond of indemnity therefor to the Commonwealth, or act on 
anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town assume liability in the manner provided in Section 
29 of Chapter 91 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Chapter 
5, Acts of 1955, for all damages that may be incurred by work to be performed 
by the Department of PubHc Works of Massachusetts for the improvements, 
development, maintenance and protection of tidal and non-tidal rivers and 
streams, harbors, tidewaters and foreshores and shores along a public beach, 
including Merrimac and Connecticut Rivers, in accordance with Section 2 of 
Chapter 91 of the General Laws, and authorize the Selectmen to execute and 
deliver a bond of indemnity therefor to the Commonwealth. 

Article 9 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 10. Will the Town vote to appropriate from Surplus Revenue (Free 
Cash) and/or from any funds received from the Federal Goverrmient on account 
of snow removal, a sum of money necessary to offset the deficit incurred re the 
storm from February 6 through February 8, 1978 or act on anything relating 
thereto. 

Moved. That the Town appropriate from Federal Funds received on account 
of snow removal the sum of $6,680.00 and from surplus revenue $9,745.00 to 
offset the deficit incurred regarding the storm from February 6, 1978 through 
February 8, 1978. 



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Article 10 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 11. To see if the Town will appropriate a sum of money for necessary 
repair projects in connection with the storm disaster of 1978 and to see if the 
Town will authorize the Treasurer to borrow such sum under the provision of 
Chapter 74 of the Acts of 1945 or take any action relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town appropriate the sum of $76,140.00 for necessary 
repair projects in connection with the storm disaster of 1978 and to meet said 
appropriation the treasurer is hereby authorized to borrow, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, the sum of $76,140.00 under the provisions of Chapter 
74 of the Acts of 1945 provided that such borrowing shall be reduced by the 
amount of any Federal or State grants available therefor. 

Article 1 1 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 12. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer 
from available funds the sum of $31,313.00 for the use of the South Shore Re- 
gional School District, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $31,313.00 be and hereby is raised by taxation and 
appropriated for the use of the South Shore Regional School district for the en- 
suing fiscal year to pay Cohasset's share of the assessment for the South Shore 
Regional School District. 

Article 12 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 13. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town Treasurer, 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning July 1, 1978, in 
accordance with the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, and 
to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any 
note or notes as may be given for any period of less than one year in accordance 
with General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 17, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town Treasurer be and hereby is authorized, with the ap- 
proval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of 
the revenue of the financial year beginning July 1, 1978, in accordance with 
the provisions of the General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 4, and to issue a note 
or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as 
may be given for any period of less than one year in accordance with General 
Laws, Chapter 44, Section 17. 

Article 13 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 14. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of 
$205.00 to be used with the balance of prior appropriation for its proportion 
of the cost for the control of insect, vegetable and animal life in Straits Pond for 
fiscal 1979, as advised by the State Reclamation Board as provided by Chapter 
557 of the Acts of 1955, as amended, or act on anything relative thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $205.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated, 
by taxation, said sum to be used with the balance of prior appropriation for its 
proportion of the cost for the control of insect, vegetable and animal life in 
Straits Pond for fiscal 1979, as advised by the State Reclamation Board aspro- 



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vided by Chapter 557 of the Acts of 1955, as amended. 
Article 14 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 15. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,587.00 for the purpose of maintaining during the ensuing year the mosquito 
control works and improvements of low lands and swamps as estimated and 
certified by the State Reclamation Board in accordance with the provisions of 
Chapter 1 12, Acts of 1931, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $1,587.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation for the purpose of maintaining during the ensuing year the mos- 
quito control works and improvements of low lands and swamps as estimated 
and certified by the State Reclamation Board in accordance with the provisions 
of Chapter 112, Acts of 1931. 

Article 15 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 16. To see if the Town, acting upon the jurisdiction and provisions of 
Chapter 252 of the General Laws, will vote to join in The South Shore Mosquito 
Control project in conjunction with the City of Quincy, and other Towns adjoin- 
ing therein, and will raise and appropriate the sum of $10,516.60 for the pur- 
pose of paying Cohasset's share therefor, the same to be paid to the Massachu- 
setts Reclamation Board, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town, acting upon the jurisdiction and provisions of Chap- 
ter 252 of the General Laws, join in the South Shore Mosquito Control Project 
in conjunction with the City of Quincy, and other Towns adjoining therein, 
and that the sum of $10,516.60 be and hereby is raised and appropriated by 
taxation for the purpose of paying Cohasset's share therefor, the same to be 
paid to the Massachusetts Reclamation Board. 

Article 16 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 17. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to accept and enter into a contract for the expenditure of any funds allotted or 
to be allotted by the Commonwealth and/or County for the construction, 
reconstruction and improvement of Town roads, or act on anything relating 
thereto. 

Moved. That the Town authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and 
enter into a contract for the expenditure of any funds allotted or to be allotted 
by the Commonwealth and/or tiie County for the construction, reconstruction 
and improvement of Town roads. 

Article 17 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 18. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer 
from available funds the sum of $25,000.00 for resurfacing with bituminous 
concrete certain streets in the Town, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $25,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated from 
Surplus Revenue for resurfacing with bituminous concrete certain streets in the 
Town. 

Article 18 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 



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Article 19. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate or transfer from 
available funds the sum of $50,000.00 for the purpose of offsetting the antici- 
pated costs for funding the contributory retirement system in accordance with 
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5D as added by Chapter 559 
of the Acts of 1977, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $50,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated from 
Surplus Revenue for the purpose of offsetting the anticipated costs for funding 
the contributory retirement system of the Town in accordance with Massachu- 
setts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 5D as added by Chapter 559 of the 
Acts of 1977. 

Article 19 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 20. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer 
from available funds the sum of $25,000.00 for the purpose of adding said sum 
to the Stabilization Fund or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this Article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 20 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 21. To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Chapter 
808 of the Acts of 1975, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, as amended, 
by deleting the present zoning By-Law, as amended, in its entirety, and substi- 
tuting therefor the proposed zoning by-law which is printed as a booklet, said 
booklet being incorporated herein by reference and said booklet becomes a part 
of this Warrant, or act on anything relating thereto. 



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PROPOSED 

ZONING BYLAW 

OFTHE 

TOWNOFCOHASSET 

MASSACHUSETTS 




ADDENDUM TO WARRANT 

ARTICLE 21 

FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

April 1,1978 



Planning Board 

Wayne Sawchuk, Chairman 
John Bradley 
Patricia Facey 
Elizabeth Holt 
Glenn Pratt 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Page 
Section 1 SCOPE 49 

Section 2 DEFINITIONS 50 

Section 3 ZONING DISTRICTS 56 

Section 4 USE REGULATIONS, TABLE, AND NOTES 57 

Section 5 AREA REGULATIONS, TABLE, AND NOTES 65 

Section 6 SIGN REGULATIONS 70 

Section 7 OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS . 73 

Section 8 NON-CONFORMING USES, STRUCTURES, AND LOTS ... 78 

Section 9 FLOOD PLAIN AND 

WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT 80 

Section 10 REGULATIONS GOVERNING EARTH REMOVAL . .• 85 

Section 11 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT 85 

Includes Board of Appeals, Special Permits, 
Variances, Site Plan Review 

Section 12 AMENDMENT AND VALIDITY 94 



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ZONING BYLAW 

OF THE 

TOWN OF COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS 



SECTION 1 - SCOPE 

1.1 TITLE 

This Bylaw shall be known and may be cited as the Zoning Bylaw for the 
Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, which herein is called "this Bylaw." 

1.1 AUTHORITY 

This Bylaw is adopted by virtue of and pursuant to the authority granted 
to the Town of Cohasset by Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts, as amended, herein called the Zoning Act, 
and the Home Rule Amendments of the Massachusetts Constitution and 
any and all amendments thereto. 

1.3 PURPOSE 

To promote the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants 
of Cohasset by lessening congestion in the streets; securing safety from 
fires, panic, or other danger; providing adequate light and air; preventing 
the overcrowding of land; to conserve health; to conserve the value of land 
and buildings, including the conservation of natural resources and the pre- 
vention of blight and pollution of the envirormient; to avoid undue conges- 
tion of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, 
water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements; to preserve 
and protect the outstanding characteristics and natural beauty of the 
Town with due consideration given to the geography, topography, and his- 
tory of Cohasset; to promote the growth and physical development of the 
Town in accordance with plans, policies, and programs proposed by the 
Planning Board. 

1 .4 REPEALER AND EFFECTIVE DATE 

All previous Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts are 
hereby repealed. This Bylaw shall take effect in accordance with provisions 
of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts. 

1 .5 BASIC REQUIREMENTS 

The provisions of this Bylaw shall be interpreted to be the minimum 
requirements adopted for the promotion of the health, safety, and the 
general welfare of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, and except for 
the Zoning Bylaw adopted by the Town Meeting on December 2, 1969 
and all amendments thereto, the provisions of this Bylaw are not intended 
to repeal, amend, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with 
any other lawfully adopted Town bylaw, State and Federal statute, cove- 
nant, regulation or rule. Whenever the regulations made under the author- 
ity hereof differ from those prescribed by any law, statute, bylaw, or other 

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regulations, that provision which imposes the greater restriction or the 
higher standard will govern; and when in conflict with a higher authority, 
the higher authority will prevail. 

1.6 APPLICATION 

Except as herein provided, or as specifically exempted by the Zoning Act, 
the provisions of this Bylaw shall apply to the following: the erection, con- 
struction, alteration, occupancy, relocation, sale, use of buildings or struc- 
tures, or the use of land. 



SECTION 2 - DEFINmONS 

2.1 For the purpose of this Bylaw, certain terms and words shall have the 
meaning given herein. Words used in the present tense include the future. 
The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular, and 
words implying the masculine gender shall apply to the feminine gender. 
The words used or occupied include the words designed, arranged, in- 
tended or offered to be used or occupied. The words building, structure, 
lot, land or premises shall be construed as though followed by the words 
"or any portion thereof." The word shall is always mandatory and not 
merely directory. The word constructed shall include the words built, en- 
larged, erected, altered, moved, and placed. 

For the purpose of this Bylaw the following terms have the meaning in- 
tended herein. Terms not defined in this section but defined in the State 
Building Code or the Massachusetts General Laws have the meanings given 
therein. 



Abandonment 
("Non-Use") 



Alteration 



Automotive 
Graveyard or 
Junkyard 

Board 



Building 



The discontinuance of a nonconforming residential use for 
more than a three year period or a non-conforming business 
use for more than a two year period or the visible or other- 
wise apparent intention of an owner to discontinue a non- 
conforming use or the replacement of the nonconforming use 
or building by a conforming use or building. 

Any construction, reconstruction or other action resulting in a 
change in the structural parts or height, number of stories, 
size, use, or location of a building or other structure. 

A collection of two or more unregistered motor vehicles on 
any lot or parcel under single ownership. 

The Board of Appeals of the Town of Cohasset, Massachu- 
setts. 

Any structure or portion thereof, either temporary or perma- 
nent, having a roof or other covering forming a structure (in- 
cluding tents or vehicles located on private property) for the 
shelter of persons, animals, or property of any kind. 



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Building, A detached subordinate building, the use of which is customar- 

Accessory ily incidental and subordinate to that of the principal building, 

and which is located on the same lot as that occupied by the 

principal building. 

Community Premises used for religious, educational, health, or recreational 

Facilities uses, including PubHc Housing for the Elderly, and/or premises 

operated by a governmental body. 

Driveway, An open space, located on a private lot which is not more than 

Legal Service 24 feet in width built for access to a private garage or off- 
street parking space. 

Dwelling, A building containing three or more dwelling units. 

Multi- Family 

Dwelling Unit One or more living or sleeping rooms arranged for the use of 
one or more individuals living as a single housekeeping unit, 
with cooking, living, sanitary and sleeping facilities. 

Essential The erection, construction, alteration or maintenance by public 

Services utilities or governmental agencies of underground or overhead 

gas, electrical, steam or water transmission or distribution sys- 
tems, collection, communication, supply or disposal system, 
including poles, wires, mains, drains, sewers, pipes, conduits, 
cables, fire alarm boxes, police call boxes, traffic signals, 
hydrants, transformers, and other similar equipment and acces- 
sories in connection therewith but not including buildings 
necessary for the furnishing of adequate service by such pubHc 
utilities or governmental agencies for the pubHc health, safety, 
or general welfare. 

One or more persons, including domestic employees, occupy- 
ing a dwelling unit and living as a single housekeeping unit. 

(See Section 9) 



Family 

Flood Plain 
District 

Floor Area, 
Gross 

Floor Area, 
Net 



Total floor area contained within the exterior walls of a build- 
ing including space used for heating and other utilities. 

The sum of the areas of the several floors of a building, mea- 
sured from the interior faces of the walls. It does not include 
cellars, unenclosed porches, or attics not used for human occu- 
pancy or any floor space in accessory buildings or in the main 
building intended and designed for the parking of motor vehi- 
cles in order to meet the parking requirements of this Bylaw, 
or any such floor space intended and designed for accessory 
heating and ventilating equipment. 

Frontage The length of the line dividing a lot from the right-of-way of 



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Guest House 

Height 

Home 
Occupation 



Loading Space 



Lodging Unit 



Lot 



Lot, Comer 

Lot Depth 

Lot Line, 
Front 



Lot Line, 
Rear 

Lot Line, 
Side 



the street on which it bounds. This is to be measured at the 
right-of-way boundary and not at the centerUne of the street. 

DwelUng used only intermittently by personal guests and 
family without remuneration. 

The vertical distance from the top of the foundation to the 
top of the structure, including the chimney. 

Any activity conducted by the inhabitants of and entirely 
within a dwelling unit, which use is incidental and subordinate 
to the dweUing use, and which does not in any manner change 
the residential character of the building or its surrounding lot. 
Home occupations in a Residential District permitted as of 
right include that of: physician, artisan, teacher, day nurse, 
lawyer, architect, engineer, clergyman, accountant, osteopath, 
dentist, tailor, hairdresser, real estate broker, or similar occu- 
pations or professions. Also included are the occupation of a 
builder, carpenter, painter, plumber, electrician, mason, sign 
painter, or other artisan, or by a tree surgeon, landscaper; or 
fisherman for incidental work and storage in connection with 
his off-premises occupation. 

An off-street space used for loading or unloading and which is 
not less than 14 feet in width, 45 feet in length and with over- 
head clearance of 14 feet and containing not less than 1300 
square feet, including both access and maneuvering area. 

One or more rooms for the use of one or more individuals not 
living as a single housekeeping unit and not having cooking 
facilities. A "Lodging Unit" shall include a boarding unit, 
tourist house unit or rooming unit. 

An area or parcel of land in the same ownership, or any part 
thereof designated by its owner or owners as a separate lot. A 
parcel shall not be designated a lot unless it conforms with 
Table of Area Regulations, Section 5.3. 

A lot at the point of intersection of and abutting on two or 
more intersecting streets or ways at the intersection. 

The average horizontal distance between the front lot line and 
the rear lot hne. 

The property line dividing a lot from a street. On a corner lot 
or through lot only one street line shall be considered the 
front line. 

The lot line opposite the front lot line. 
Any lot line not a front or rear lot line. 



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Lot, A lot lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw, or 

Non-conforming any amendment thereto, which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 



Lot, Through 



Lot Width 



Membership 
Gub 



Mean 
High Water 

Owner 



Parking Space 



Person 
Premises 
Public Hearings 

Recorded 

Residential 
Area 

Sign 



An interior lot, the front and rear lot lines of which abut 
streets, or a corner lot two opposite lines of which abut 
streets. 

The horizontal distance between the side lot lines as measured 
at the required front yard depth which may or may not coin- 
cide with the actual front setback line. The lot width must be 
parallel with the center line of travelled way. 

A nonprofit social, sports, or fraternal entity, association, or 
organization maintaining a building or faciUties which are used 
exclusively by members and their guests and which may or 
may not contain bar facilities. 

9.5 feet above 0.0 datum. 

The title holder, duly authorized agent, attorney, purchaser, 
devisee, trustee, or any person having vested or equitable inter- 
est in the use of the structure or lot in question. 

An off-street space having an area of not less than 1 76 square 
feet plus access and maneuvering space, for exclusive use as a 
parking stall for one motor vehicle or two motorcycles 
whether inside or outside a structure. (See Page 31 - Parking 
Requirement Diagram) 

The word "person" shall include one or more individuals, a 
partnership, an association or corporation. 

A lot, and any buildings, structures and uses thereon (except 
as provided in Section 10). 

Hearings shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 40A of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as 
amended. 

Recorded in the Norfolk Registry of Deeds or registered in the 
Norfolk Registry District of the Land Court. 

A residential area is any area situated within a district zoned 
primarily for residential purposes under the Zoning Bylaw. It 
includes R-A, R-B, and R-C. 

Any letter, word, numeral, symbol, drawing, picture, flag, pen- 
nant, trademark, emblem, design, device, article and object 
that advertises, calls attention to or indicates any premises, 
material, person, event, or activity, whatever the nature of the 



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material and manner of composition or construction not 
within a building. For the purposes of this Bylaw, a double- 
faced sign will be considered one sign. 

Sign, Any billboard, sign or other device that advertises, calls atten- 

Accessory tion to, or indicates the person occupying the premises on 

which the sign is located or the business or activity transacted 

thereon, or as for sale or to let, and which contains no other 

advertising matter of any kind. 

Sign, Any billboard, sign or other advertising device that does not 

Nonaccessory come within the foregoing definition of an accessory sign. 

Sign, A sign used to direct attention to a service, sale or other activ- 

Advertising ity not performed on the same premises upon which the sign is 

located. 

Sign, A sign used to direct attention to a service, product sold or 

Business other activity performed on the same premises upon which the 

sign is located. 

Sign, A sign indicating in, out, one way, or similar notation to facil- 

Directional itate the direction of traffic on a property. 

Sign, A sign used simply to identify the name, address, and title of 

Identification an individual family or firm occupying the premises upon 
which the sign is located, or naming the accessory use. 

Sign, A sign for protection of persons or property (e.g., no trespass- 

Posting ing, hunting, shooting, trapping). 

Sign, Standing Any sign erected on or affixed to the land and any and every 
exterior sign that is not attached to a building. 

Sign, Surface A) For a sign, either free-standing or attached, the area shall 
Area of be considered to include all lettering, wording, and accom- 

panying designs and symbols, together with the back- 
ground, whether open or enclosed, on which they are dis- 
played, but not including any unlettered supporting 
framework and bracing, which are incidental to the dis- 
play itself. 

B) For a sign applied to a building, the area shall be con- 
sidered to include all lettering, wording, and accompany- 
ing designs or symbols together with any backing of a dif- 
ferent color than the finish material of the building. 

C) Where the sign consists of individual letters or symbols 
attached to or painted on a surface, building, wall or win- 
dow, the area shall be considered to be that of the small- 
est geometric form which encompasses all of the letters 
and symbols. 



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Sign, 
Temporary 

Special Permit 



Story 



Street 



Structure 



Structure, 
Nonconform ing 

Substantially 
Different Use 

Trailer 

Use 

Use, 
Accessory 

Use, 
Nonconforming 



Use, 
Principal 



D) For double-faced signs, the area shall be computed for one 
side only. 

Any sign intended to be exhibited for a period of not more 
than 30 days. 

Written permission for the use of a structure or lot or any 
activities conducted upon a premises which may be permitted 
under this Bylaw only upon application to and with the ap- 
proval of the Board and/ or Planning Board in accordance with 
the provisions of Section 11. 

That part of a building between any floor and the next higher 
floor or lower roof Hne. Where a building is not divided into 
stories, a story shall be considered fifteen (15) feet in height. 
A story shall be at least 50% above grade. 

A pubhc or private way for vehicular use which is commonly 
used by the pubhc or dedicated to public use as shown on a 
plan of record. 

A combination of materials combined at a fixed location to 
give support or shelter, such as a bin, bridge, building, dock, 
fence, framework, flag pole, platform, retaining wall, reviewing 
stand, sign, stadium, swimming pool, tank, tennis court, tent, 
tower, trestle, tunnel. 

A structure lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw 
or any amendment thereto, which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 

Any use which is not permitted either by right, or by Special 
Permit of the Board of Appeals within the District in which 
the lot is located. 

Vehicle designed to be towed for living or working purposes 
whether on wheels or not. 

The purpose for which a structure or lot is arranged, designed, 
or intended to be used, occupied or maintained. 

A use customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal 
use of a structure or lot, or a use, not the principal use, which 
is located on the same lot as the principal structure. 

A use lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw or 
any amendment thereto which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 

The main or primary purpose for which a structure or lot is de- 
signed, arranged, or intended, or for which it may be used, 
occupied or maintained under this Bylaw. 



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Variance Such departure from the terms of this Bylaw as the Board, 

upon appeal or petition, is empowered to authorize. 

Watershed (see Section 9) 

Protection 

District 

Yard, Front An open space extending from the full width of the lot be- 

(Setback) tween the front lot hne or lines and the nearest point of the 

building. 

Yard, Rear An open space, except for an accessory structure or accessory 

use as herein permitted, extending across the full width of the 
lot line between the rear line of the building wall and the rear 
lot line. 

Yard, Side An open space extending for the full length of a building be- 

tween the nearest building wall and extending from the front 
yard to the rear yard. 

Zoning Act Chapter 40 A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of 

Massachusetts and arnendments thereto. 

Zoning Bylaw The Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Cohasset. 

SECTION 3 - ESTABLISHMENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS 

3 . 1 DIVISION INTO DISTRICTS 

The Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, is divided into seven Zoning Dis- 
tricts designated as follows: 

Name Abbreviation 

Residential A, B, and C R-A, R-B, R-C 
Waterfront Business WB 

Downtown/Village Business DB 

Highway Business HB 

Light Industry LI 

3.2 ZONING MAP 

The location and boundaries of the Zoning Districts are established and 
shown on a map entitled "Zoning Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts" dated 
October 1, 1969 and revised 1976 which is a part of this Bylaw. The 
authenticity of the Zoning Map shall be identified by the signature of the 
Town Clerk and the imprinted seal of the Town. Any change in the loca- 
tion of boundaries of a Zoning District by amendment of this Bylaw shall 
be authenticated in the same manner. The Zoning Map shall be kept on file 
in the Office of the Town Clerk. Photographic reductions of this Zoning 
Map may serve as copies of the Zoning Map. 

3.3 BOUNDARIES OF DISTRICTS 

Where uncertainty exists with respect to the boundary of Districts shown 
on the Zoning Map, these rules apply: 

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3.3.1 Where a District boundary line is indicated as a street, railroad, 
watercourse, or other body of water, it shall be construed to be 
the centerline or middle thereof. Where such a boundary approx- 
imates a Town boundary, then it runs to the limits of the juris- 
diction of the Town. 

3.3.2 Where a District boundary line is indicated as running outside the 
lines of and parallel to a street, railroad, watercourse, or other 
body of water, it shall be construed to be parallel thereto and at 
such distance therefrom as shown on the Zoning Map. If no 
dimension is given, such distance shall be determined by the use 
of the scale shown on the Zoning Map. 

3.3.3 Where a District boundary line is indicated as a specific eleva- 
tion, it shall be construed as the distance above Mean Sea Level, 
based on the Massachusetts Geodetic Datum of 1929. The map 
entitled "Flood Plain and Watershed Protection Districts" con- 
tains locations of benchmarks for the Flood Plain and Watershed 
Protection Districts. 

3.3.4 When a District boundary line divides a lot that is in one owner- 
ship of record at the time such line is adopted, a use that is per- 
mitted on one portion of the lot may be extended 50 feet into 
the other portion, provided the first portion includes the required 
lot width and depth, and only if the lot has frontage on a street 
in the less restricted district. The Board, however, may authorize 
by Special Permit the increase of said distance to not more than 
two hundred (200) feet. This allowance does not apply to Flood 
Plain or Watershed Protection Districts described in Section 9. 

3.3.5 Where a District boundary line is shown approximately on the 
location of a property or lot line and the exact location of the 
boundary line is not indicated by means of a figure or otherwise, 
then the property or lot line shall be the boundary line. 

3.3.6 In any case not covered by the other provisions of this Section, 
the location of a District boundary line shall be determined by 
the distance in feet, if given, from other lines upon the Zoning 
Map, or, if distances are not given, then by the scale of the 
Zoning Map. 

SECTION 4 - USE REGULATIONS 

4. 1 APPLICABILITY OF USE REGULATIONS 

No building, structure, or land shall be used or occupied, in whole or in 
part except for one or more of the purposes permitted in its District. 

4.2 PERMITTED USES 

In the following Table of Use Regulations, the uses permitted by right in 
the District are designated by the word "Yes." Those uses that may be per- 
mitted by Special Permit in the District, in accordance with Section 11.4 
are designated by the letters "SP". Uses that are not permitted in the Dis- 
tricts are designated by the word "No." 

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Residential 


Non-Residential 


R-A R-B R-C 


DB WB HB LI 


Yes Yes Yes 


SP No SP No 


Yes Yes Yes 


SP No SP No 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

The Table of Use Regulations that follows is part of this Bylaw. 

USE 

Residential 

Detached one-family dwelling 

The conversion and/or use of a one- 
family dwelHng existing on 1/5/55 
as a dwelling for not more than two 
(2) families subject to Table 5.3 
(Table of Area Regs.). 

The conversion and/or use of a one- SP SP SP SP No SP No 
family dwelHng existing on 1/5/55 
as a dweUing for more than two (2) 
famihes subject to Table 5.3. 

Dwellings for more than one family No No No SP SP SP No 
including those in combination with 
stores or other permitted uses sub- 
ject to Table 5.3 and 7.1. 

Accessory Residential building such Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

as tool shed, boat house, shelter or 

stable for domestic animals, private 

greenhouse, guest house, swimming 

pool or private detached garage for 

up to 4 vehicles, including not more 

than 1 commercial vehicle, or open 

air parking for only 1 commercial 

vehicle. 



Home Occupation (see Section 4.3.5). 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Wall, fence, hedge, or similar enclo- 
sure. 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Storage of lobstering or fishing equip- 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


ment or any boat within or outside a 




■• 












building. 

















Community Facilities 

Church, rectory, parish house, con- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
vent or other religious use. 

Non-profit educational use either Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

pubhc, private or religious. 

Street, bridge, tunnel. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 



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SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


Yes 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Community Facilities (cont.) 

Golf course, fishing, reservations or Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

wildlife preserve. 

Cemetery 

Historical Association or Society 

Hospital or sanitarium 

Nursery school, day care center, 
day camp, or other educational use 

Sanitary land fill and other soUd No No No No No No SP 

waste facilities. 

Administrative, cultural, recreational, Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
waste water treatment, water supply, 
fire, police, or other protective use 
operated by the Town or other 
governmental agency. 

Agricultural 

Agriculture, horticulture, and flori- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
culture, not including a greenhouse 
or stand for retail sale. 

Stand for retail sale of agricultural SP SP SP Yes No Yes Yes 

or farm produce raised primarily on 

the premises, or articles of home 

manufacture from such produce, and 

ancillary products to the greenhouse 

business, such as peat or insecticides. 

Noncommercial forestry, growing of Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
crops and other vegetation, and con- 
servation of water plants and wild 
hfe in natural habitat. 

Raising or keeping of farm animals. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
livestock, or poultry for use by resi- 
dents of the premises subject to 
Board of Health regulations and pro- 
vided that no noise or odor is observ- 
able at the lot lines. 

Raising of livestock, horses, poultry No No No No No No SP 

and grazing animals for commercial 

use. 



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TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Agricultural (cont.) 

Commercial stables, kennels, or No No No No No SP SP 

veterinary hospital in which all ani- 
mals, fowl, or other forms of life 
are in completely enclosed buildings 
at least 200 feet from any lot Une. 

Retail and Service 

Stores for the sale of goods at retail. No No No Yes SP Yes Yes 
including dry goods, food, apparel 
and accessories, furniture and home 
furnishings, small wares, and hard- 
ware. 

Restaurants serving foods or bever- 
ages from within the premises. 

- with mechanical or Uve enter- No No No SP SP SP SP 
tainment. 

- no mechanical or live enter- No No No Yes SP Yes SP 
tainment. 

Establishments selling new and/or No No No No No SP SP 

used automobiles and trucks, new 
automobile tires and other acces- 
sories, farm equipment, aircraft, 
motorcycles, and household trailers. 

Hotels and motels 



No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 



Trailer camp 

Lodging house for not more than 
five (5) persons other than mem- 
bers of the family. 

Funeral home or mortuary estab- SP SP SP SP No SP SP 

lishment. 

Retail sale of marina petroleum No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 

products, fishing and boating gear, 
apparel, boats and boat trailers, and 
supplies. 

Showroom for building supplies. 

Convalescent and nursing home. 

Medical and dental offices not 
attached to the doctor's or dentist's 
residence. 

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No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Retail and Service (cont.) 

Membership club or non-profit SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

organization. 

Auto service stations and auto- No No No SP No SP SP 

motive repair garages (not includ- 
ing junkyards) 

Automotive graveyard or other No No No No No No No 

junkyard. 

Miscellaneous trade and repair No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 

service and shops. 

Indoor motion picture and amuse- No No No SP SP SP Yes 

ment and recreation establishment. 

Outdoor motion picture establish- No No No No No No No 

ment. 

Helicopter landing area and com- No No No No No No SP 

mercial communication towers. 

Private boat docks. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes 

Boat yards, repair and open-air No No No SP Yes Yes Yes 

sale and storage of boats, boat 
livery or marina. 

Commercial parking lot. No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

Appliance and furniture repair No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

service. 

Commercial or membership sports No No No No SP Yes Yes 

and recreational facilities. 

Miscellaneous business offices in- No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

eluding insurance and real estate. 

Personal service establishments, in- No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

eluding beauty salon, barbershop, 
tailor, etc. 

Other similar retail and service uses. No No No SP SP SP SP 

Bank with accessory drive-in No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

windows. 

Customary accessory uses. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

Wholesale and Manufacturing 

Plant for drycleaning, cold storage or No No No No No SP Yes 
freezing, power laundry. 



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No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Wholesale and Manufacturing (cont.) 

Mining or quarrying. No No No No No No No 

Storage yard, warehouse or distribu- No No No No No No Yes 
tion plant for; construction supplies 
and equipment, firewood, building 
materials, textiles, food products, 
household supplies, and any products 
of manufacturing activities permitted 
in this District (whether or not pro- 
duced on the premises). 

Above ground storage of gas and No No No No No No No 

petroleum products. 

Printing establishment. 

Publishing establishment. 

Plant for manufacturing, assembling 
electrical or electronic devices, 
appliances, apparatus and supplies. 

Manufacturing plant for medical, No No No No No No Yes 

dental or drafting instruments, 
optical goods, watches or other 
precision instruments. 

Manufacturing of advertising dis- No No No No No No Yes 

plays, awnings, shades, bakery 

products, non-alcohoHc beverages, 

brushes, candy, clothing or other 

textile products, jewelry, ice, leather 

goods, toys or wood products. 

Beverage bottling or food packaging No No No No No No Yes 
plant but not including meat and 
fish products. 

Light metal fabrication or refinish- No No No No No No Yes 

ing plants. 

Research, experimental or testing No No No No No No Yes 

laboratory. 

Wholesaling and manufacturing No No No No No No SP 

other durable and non-durable 

goods. 

Customary Accessory Uses Inci- No No No No No No Yes 

dental to a Permitted Main Use. 



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TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

All Uses 

Temporary structures for storage SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

of materials or equipment. 

Temporary (less than 30 days) SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

amusement enterprise not including 
any permanent structures. 

4.3 ADDITIONAL USE REGULATIONS 

4.3.1 Uses permitted by right or by Special Permit shall be subject to 
all provisions of this Bylaw. 

4.3.2 There shall be no use of a building, structure or land in any dis- 
trict for a purpose that is injurious, dangerous, noxious, or offen- 
sive to the community by reason of the emission of odors, waste 
fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, noise, light, radiation or other 
causes. (See Section 4.3.10) 

4.3.3 The open display or open storage of junk shall be prohibited in all 
districts, including, but not limited to unregistered automobiles, 
worn out, cast off, or discarded articles and materials which are 
ready for destruction or have been stored or collected for salvage 
or conversion into some other use. 

4.3.4 Trailers — No trailer or other vehicle whether on wheels or other- 
wise, shall hereafter be allowed to be used for a total of more 
than thirty (30) days in any twelve (12) month period except 
when stored, provided however, the Board may permit such use 
as a temporary use for a longer period. No "trailer coach park" as 
defined in Chapter 140 of the General Laws shall be permitted in 
the Town. 

4.3.5 The following regulations apply to the use of a portion of a one- 
family dwelling in any "R" District for a home occupation: 

a) no more than one non-resident shall be employed therein at 
any given time ; 

b) not more than 40 percent of the ground floor area and not to 
exceed 500 square feet total of floor area shall be devoted to 
such use and the use is carried on strictly within the principal 
building; 

c) there shall be no display of goods, wares, or materials of the 
occupation visible from the lot line, except for the temporary 
or seasonal open-air storage of fishing boats or of fishing and 
lobstering equipment owned and used by a resident of the 
premises; 

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d) there shall be no advertising on the premises except as pro- 
vided for in Section 6.4 of this Bylaw; 

e) the buildings shall be rendered objectionable or detrimental to 
the residential character of the neighborhood due to their ex- 
terior appearance, and shall have no odor, gas, smoke, dust, 
noise, or electrical disturbance observable at the lot line and 
shall include no features of design not customary in residential 
buildings. 

4.3.6 Enclosure of Uses 

a) In a Business District all uses permitted as of right or permis- 
sible on special authorization, and all uses accessory thereto, 
shall be conducted within a completely enclosed building, 
except the following: 

1 . Uses permitted as of right or permissible on special authori- 
zation in any Residential District. 

2. The dispensing of fuel and lubricants at an auto service 
station. 

3. The dispensing of food, beverages or goods at a drive-in or 
stand. 

4. Automobile parking lots. 

5. Boat yard, open air boat sales area, boat livery or marina. 

6. Exterior signs as herein permitted. 

7. The open display or storage of goods, products, materials or 
equipment in connection with the main use conducted in a 
completely enclosed building on the same premises, subject 
to the condition that no portion of the open use extends 
nearer to any street or lot line than the corresponding yard 
requirements specified for buildings in the same District. 

b) In a Light Industry District all uses permitted as of right or by 
Special Permit may be conducted within or without a com- 
pletely enclosed building. 

4.3.7 In all Districts, all lights and other sources of illumination 
(whether interior or exterior) and all intense lights emanating 
from operations or equipment (such as from an acetylene torch) 
shall be shielded from direct view at normal eye level. 

4.3.8 No parking for an Industrial District and no vehicular access in an 
Industrial District shall be on land that is zoned other than Indus- 
trial. Vehicular access in an Industrial District shall be over a pub- 
lic way. 

4.3.9 New public ways and ways into the Light Industry District shall 
be constructed in accordance with the latest Land Subdivision 
Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board of the Town of 
Cohasset, Massachusetts. 



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4.3.10 The following regulations apply to manufacturing or other indus- 
trial use of any lot in the Light Industry District: 

1 . the proposed uses shall not emit any smoke of a shade darker 
than No. 2 on the Ringlemann Smoke Chart as published by 
the U.S. Bureau of Mines; 

2. no air pollution particle concentrations shall exceed 0.3 grains 
per cubic foot ; 

3. inflammable or radioactive Uquids shall be stored according to 
the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Adminis- 
tration standards; 

4. the discharge of wastes shall be into a system subject to the 
written approval of the Cohasset Board of Health and/or 
Sewer Commissioners; 

5. vibration shall not exceed the safe range of Table 7, U.S. Bu- 
reau of Mines; 

6. there shall be no unusual or objectionable odor or noise and 
no direct or sky reflected glare shall be permitted. 

SECTION 5 - AREA REGULATIONS 

5 . 1 APPLICABILITY OF AREA REGULATIONS 

The regulations for each district pertaining to lot area and dimensions shall 
be specified in this Section and set forth in the Table of Area Regulations, 
and shall be subject to further provisions of this Section. 

5 .2 GENERAL PROVISIONS 

5.2.1 All requirements for area or dimensions must be fulfilled exclu- 
sive of any part of a lot below mean high water (9.5 on 0.0 
datum). 

5.2.2 For the purposes of determining setback requirements both yards 
of either a through or corner lot that front on a street shall be 
considered front yards on the street on which they are located. 

5.2.3 A legal service driveway shall have a minimum width of 12 feet. 

5.2.4 Frontage shall be measured at the street line. On corner and 
through lots frontage shalLbe measured on one street only. 

5.2.5 Building within the Flood Plain or Watershed Protection Districts 
shall be subject to Section 9. 

5.2.6 In this Section, the required setback distance shall be measured 
from the nearest exterior side line of the street in question; pro- 
vided, however, that where the street has a right-of-way width of 
less than forty (40) feet the setback distance shall be measured 
from a line on the lot twenty feet from and parallel to the center 
line of said street. 



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5.2.7 A fence, hedge, wall or other enclosing structure within the lot 
lines may be maintained on a corner lot, provided that it shall 
not, at intersecting streets, obstruct visual clearance between 
three (3) feet and ten (10) feet above the grade of the street in 
the area formed by the curb lines and a straight line joining said 
curb lines at points which are twenty-five (25) feet measured 
from the intersection of the curb lines. Where curbs do not exist, 
the lines shall be where such curb would be required if built. 

5.2.8 No open storage or display of goods, products, materials or equip- 
ment, no gasoline pump, vending machine or similar commercial 
device and, except for a flag, utility, light pole, or mail box, no 
other structure over five (5) feet in height shall be located nearer 
to the exterior line of any street than either fifteen (15) feet or 
the permitted setback distance for a building on the lot, which- 
ever distance is lesser. 

5.2.9 No lot in any district on which a building is placed shall be re- 
duced or changed in size or shape; nor the building moved or 
changed so that the building or lot fails to comply with the lot 
area, frontage, coverage, setback, yard or other provisions of this 
Bylaw applicable to said lot or to the construction of such build- 
ing on said lot, except: 

1 . when a portion of a lot is taken or conveyed for a public pur- 
pose ; or 

2. when pursuant to Statute a lot is divided on which more than 
one dwelling not abandoned is in existence prior to July 1, 
1955, so that one such dwelling is on each lot resulting from 
such division. 

5 .3 TABLE OF AREA REGULATIONS 

The Table of Area Regulations that follows together with the Notes (5.4) 
are part of this Bylaw. 



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5.4 TABLE OF AREA REGULATIONS NOTES 

5.4.1 In a DB or WB District, the Required Side Yard shall be 10 feet 
unless the wall adjoining a side lot line be either a party wall or, if 
adjoining another lot in the same district, a wall with its outer 
face coincident with said line. 

5.4.2 Side yard regulations in the DB District and rear yard depth regu- 
lations in LI District shall not apply where said regulations apply 
to yards abutting a railroad right-of-way. 

5.4.3 In any district except for the HB or LI Districts, an exception 
from setback requirements may be made for a building con- 
structed as near to the line of any street as the average of the set- 
backs of the dwellings or other main buildings nearest thereto on 
either side of the building in question, unless such side building is 
more than two hundred feet from the building in question. In 
such case, the intervening space shall be considered as though 
occupied by a main building having the required setback (whether 
or not said space is laid out as a separate lot). 

5.4.4 Notwithstanding the foregoing, in a R-C District if: 

(i) a lot contains an area exceeding 120,000 square feet (ex- 
clusive of any part below mean high water or 

(ii) lots adjacent to one or more said lots are owned by the 
same owners in an identical manner and contain an aggre- 
gate area exceeding 120,000 square feet (exclusive of any 
parts of said lots below mean high water), 

The requirement that each lot must contain at least 30,000 
square feet is varied to the extent that so long as no lot or sub- 
divided lot may contain less than 20,000 square feet if the aver- 
age size of the areas of all of the lots contained in a subdivision 
plan of said lot or of said adjacent lots, shall amount to at least 
30,000 square feet (exclusive of ways and roads). 

5.4.5 A basement or cellar, to be inhabited as a dwelling unit, must 
have the ceiling not less than five (5) feet above the average eleva- 
tion of the land immediately surrounding the building foundation 
wall. 

5.4.6 In conversion to a dwelling for more than one family, no full 
dweUing unit shall be located above the second floor. 

SECTION 6 - SIGN REGULATIONS 

6.1 ADMINISTRATION 

6.1.1 No sign (except an Identification Sign not exceeding two square 
feet in area attached to a residence or in the front yard) shall be 
erected, altered, or relocated without a Building Permit. The 



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Building Inspector may require a drawing and other pertinent 
information before issuing a permit. 

6.1.2 Removal of new signs: The Building Inspector shall order removal 
of any new signs which do not conform to this Bylaw. 

6.1.3 The Building Inspector shall order the removal of abandoned 
signs which shall be done by the owner or tenant of the estabHsh- 
ment to which it designates. Penalties shall be enforced according 
to Section 6.1 .5 of this Bylaw. 

6.1.4 All signs, whether erected before or after the effective date of this 
Bylaw shall be maintained in a safe condition to the satisfaction 
of the Building Inspector. 

6.1.5 Penalties: Whosoever violates any provision of this Section or any 
lawful order of the Building Inspector shall be punished by a fine 
of $100 per day, each day being a separate offense. Monies de- 
rived from such penalties shall be for use of the Town. 

6.2 SIGNS PERMITTED IN ALL DISTRICTS 

6.2.1 Sheet Banners: Sheet banners or temporary signs advertising a 
public entertainment, charitable, reHgious, or educational event 
which has been specifically approved by the Selectmen, and on 
issuance of a permit by the Building Inspector, may be displayed 
in locations approved by the Building Inspector 14 days prior to 
and 7 days after the event. 

6.2.2 Temporary Signs: Permits for temporary accessory or business 
signs may be issued by the Building Inspector for thirty (30) days 
and may be renewed for one additional thirty (30) day period. 

6.2.3 Existing signs: Any lawful sign existing before enactment of this 
Bylaw may be continued, although such signs may not conform 
to this Section. If there is an expiration of a special permit issued 
by the Board of Appeals after date of adoption of this Bylaw, 
such sign must be made to conform to the provisions herein or be 
removed. 

6.3 SIGNS PROHIBITED IN ALL DISTRICTS 

6.3.1 Accessory signs which advertise an activity, business, product, or 
service no longer produced or conducted on the premises upon 
which the sign is located are prohibited. No such sign shall remain 
in place in or on vacated premises for more than 30 days from the 
day of vacancy. Penalties pursuant to Section 6.1.5 will be en- 
forced thereafter. 

6.3.2 Temporary or permanent political, special promotion signs, pen- 
nants, streamers, ribbons, spinners, other moving devices, strings 
of lights, or other similar devices are prohibited. 

6.3.3 Signs which have blinking, flashing, or fluttering lights or other 
illuminating devices which have a changing light intensity, bright- 



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ness, or color, and fluorescent, exposed gaseous tube type, and 
neon signs are prohibited. This appHes whether sign is exterior to 
a building or designed to be visible through a door or window. 

6.3.4 Signs illuminated by other than a stationary white or off-white 
steady light are prohibited. No illumination shall be permitted 
which casts glare into any portion of any street or residential 
premises. 

6.3.5 Signs which are pasted or attached to a utility pole, tree, fence, or 
other signs or structures which are on or over public or private 
ways are prohibited except for legal posting of private property 
(e.g., no hunting, trespassing). 

6.3.6 Mechanically active signs are prohibited. 

6.3.7 Signs painted directly on a wall, rock, tree, or pole are prohibited. 

6.3.8 Movable or portable signs such as those used in connection with 
gas filling stations, automobile dealers, and garage activities are 
prohibited, except for the normal business signs used on trucks 
and other commercial vehicles which are legally parked at a 
premises. 

6.3.9 Signs which obstruct visibiUty in such a way as to constitute a 
hazard to safe travelling on a pubUc way are prohibited. 

6.3.10 No sign shall extend above the main roof line of the building to 
which it is fastened. 

6.3.11 No non-conforming sign shall be altered unless such alteration 
makes it a conforming sign. Repainting and repair shall not be 
considered alterations. 

6.3.12 No sign, other than residential signs, shall be illuminated between 
the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except that if a business 
or office is open to the pubUc after 10:00 p.m., the sign may be 
illuminated until closing. 

6.3.13 No billboard or sign of a general advertising nature which does 
not pertain to a building, structure, or use on the same premises 
as the location of such sign shall be permitted within the Town. 

6.4 REGULATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS 

Signs shall be permitted in residential districts which comply with the fol- 
lowing regulations: 

6.4.1 All signs shall be accessory signs except temporary signs. 

6.4.2 Decorative devices shall be permitted. 

6.4.3 No signs greater than two square feet in area shall be placed 
within 1 5 feet of property lot line unless attached to a building, 
except signs pertaining to sale or lease of property. 

6.4.4 No sign in a residential area shall exceed 6 square feet. 



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6.4.5 Not more than two signs, each not more than six feet in area, in- 
dicating the home occupation or activity being lawfully con- 
ducted on the premises. 

6.4.6 One unlighted temporary sign not over six square feet in area per- 
taining to the sale or lease or construction or repair of the 
premises. 

6.4.7 Non-accessory signs are prohibited in Residential Districts, ex- 
cept as provided for in Section 6. 

6.5 REGULATIONS IN BUSINESS AND LIGHT INDUSTRY DISTRICTS 

Signs in Business and Light Industry Districts shall comply with the fol- 
lowing requirements. 

6.5 1 One accessory sign for each tenant, attached flat against the wall 
of a building, provided that such sign shall not exceed 25 square 
feet in area per tenant and total sign area shall not exceed ten per- 
cent of the area of the wall. 

6.5.2 One other sign not over forty (40) square feet in area for each 
multiple of two hundred (200) feet of lot frontage on the princi- 
pal street; one such sign shall be permitted on a lot having a front- 
age of less than two hundred (200) feet. 

6.5.3 One directory of the estabUshment occupying a building at each 
public entrance to the building. Such directory shall not exceed 
an area determined on the basis of one (1) square foot for each 
establishment occupying the premises. 

6.5.4 All accessory signs in Highway Business and Light Industry Dis- 
tricts shall be located not less than fifteen (15) feet from the 
property line not to exceed 20 feet in height. 

6.5.5 This section shall not apply to signs used exclusively for munici- 
pal or public transportation. 

6.5.6 Unlighted directional signs not exceeding one square foot each in 
area pertaining to permitted buildings and uses of premises other 
than dwellings and their atccessory uses. 

SECTION 7 - OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS 

7. 1 OFF-STREET PARKING, LOADING AND DRIVEWAY 

In any district, if a structure is constructed or enlarged, or an existing use 
is enlarged or changed, or the dimensions of a lot are changed, off-street 
parking and loading spaces shall be provided in accordance with the 
following Table of Off -Street Parking Standards. 



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7.1 TABLE OF OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS 



Use 

a. Dwelling except dwelling in 
business district for more 
than one family. 

b. Dwelling in business district 
for occupancy by more 
than one family. 



c. Convalescent and nursing 
homes, hotels and motels, 
public housing, and other 
places with sleeping accom- 
modations. 

d. Hospitals and sanitoriums. 



c. and d. 



e. Meeting halls, auditoriums, 
private clubs and lodges, 
funeral homes, restaurants 
and all similar eating and 
drinking estabUshments, 
theatres, bowUng alleys 
and other amusements, bus 
depots and other passenger 
terminals, other places of 
public assembly. 

f. Libraries and museums. 

g. Offices, stores, other busi- 
ness establishments, includ- 
ing showrooms, consumer 
service estabUshments, 
public banks and other 
monetary institutions, 
automotive repair shops 
and service stations. 

h. "Warehouses, distribution 
plants, truck terminals, 
printing and publishing 
establishments, laboratories, 
power laundries, dry clean- 
ing plants, manufacturing 
and processing plants, and 
other storage, manufacturing 
and industrial buildings. 



Number of Parking Spaces 
Required per Unit 



2 spaces per unit. 



\Vi space per unit on same or contiguous lot in 
common ownership subject to covenant to 
assure permanent use for off-street parking, as 
the Board of Appeals deems adequate. 

1 space for each sleeping room for single or 
double occupancy, or where not divided into 
such rooms (as in a dormitory) one space for 
each two (2) beds. 

1 space for each sleeping room for single or 
double occupancy, or where not divided into 
such rooms (as in a dormitory) one space for 
each two (2) beds. 

1 space for each 4 employees on the largest 
shift. 

1 space for each three (3) seats; or where 
benches are used, one space for each six (6) 
lineal feet of bench; where no fixed seats are 
used (as in a terminal), one space per eighty 
(80) square feet of public floor area. 



1 space per 200 square feet of public floor area. 

1 space for each hundred (100) square feet of 
net floor area. 



One space for each 500 square feet of gross 
floor area. 



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7.1 TABLE OF OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS 

(continued) 

Number of Parking Spaces 
Use Required per Unit 

i. Nursery schools, veterinary Sufficient parking spaces to accommodate 

hospitals, golf courses, under all normal conditions the cars of occu- 

farm stands, drive-ins, open- pants, employees, members, customers, clients 

air storage yards and sales or visitors of the premises, as the case may be. 
lots, and for all other per- 
mitted or permissible uses. 

j. Mixed uses. Number of parking spaces shall be calculated 

separately for each use. 

k. Stores, offices and other None, providing that the legal walking distance 

lawful uses, except resi- between the nearest designated parking space in 

dences, in the vicinity of said lot and the main pedestrian entrance of the 

the municipal parking lot store, office or other use does not exceed 500 

located off Main Street in feet, 
the Cohasset business 
center. 

7.2 GENERAL PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS 

7.2.1 Accessory parking or loading spaces that are maintained in any 
district in connection with an existing use on the effective date of 
this Bylaw shall hereafter be maintained so long as the use con- 
tinues, unless an equivalent number of parking or loading spaces 
is constructed elsewhere conforming to the requirements of these 
regulations. 

7.2.2 When units of measurements that determine the number of re- 
quired parking or loading spaces result in a requirement of a frac- 
tional space, a fraction over one-half shall require one parking or 
loading space. 

7.2.3 The required parking spaces for all uses except dwelUngs in busi- 
ness district for occupancy by more than one family shall be pro- 
vided either on the same premises with the parking generator, or 
on any premises associated therewith. The walking distance be- 
tween the farthest point of the parking areas and the main pedes- 
trian entrance to the building or use in question shall not exceed 
five hundred (500) feet, except that in the case of parking space 
for employees only, the distance may be increased to one thou- 
sand (1,000) feet. Such walking distance shall be only over land 
owned or controlled by the parking generator or over a pubHc 
way. When the required parking spaces are not immediately 
adjacent to the parking generator, directional signs to the parking 
spaces must be posted. Such signs shall conform with Section 6. 

7.2.4 Where required parking spaces are provided not adjacent to the 
lot on which the use or structure they are intended to serve is 



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located, such spaces shall be in the same ownership as the prop- 
erty occupied by the use or structure to which the parking spaces 
are accessory. If both the structure and the parking area are 
leased, the period of time of the parking area lease shall be 4:he 
same as the structure lease. 

7.2.5 When loading spaces are necessary they shall in all cases be on the 
same lot as the use they are intended to serve. In no case shall the 
required loading spaces be part of the area used to satisfy the 
parking requirements of this Bylaw. 

7.2.6 Parking spaces for one use shall not be considered as providing 
the required parking facilities for any other use except as a vari- 
ance authorized by the Board of Appeals where it is clearly 
demonstrated that the need for parking occurs at different times. 

7.2.7 All parking and loading spaces required under this Bylaw shall be 
built and must be inspected by the Building Inspector. No occu- 
pancy permits shall be granted until said parking and loading 
facilities have been approved by the Building Inspector. 

7.2.8 Parking space shall be deemed inadequate if, when the off-street 
parking area is substantially full, there is frequent parking on the 
street near the premises in question. 

7.2.9 All parking spaces and aisles shall be designed in accordance with 
the chart on Page 31 of this Bylaw. 

7.3 PARKING AND LOADING SPACE STANDARDS 

7.3.1 All parking or loading areas containing over five (5) spaces shall 
be subject to the following: 

a) Within a Residential District such parking areas shall be placed 
at least 25 feet from all street and lot lines. 

b) Within a residential district, such area shall be effectively 
screened wherever visible at normal eye level from any point 
within 50 feet of the lot line on an abutting lot also in a resi- 
dential district. 

c) The area and access driveways thereto shall be surfaced with a 
durable and dustless material and shall be constructed so that 
all surface water drains rapidly to a Planning Board approved 
system. 

d) Any fixture used to illuminate an area shall be so arranged as 
to direct the light away from the street and away from adjoin- 
ing premises used for residential purposes. 

7.3.2 Any parking area shall also be subject to the following: 

a) There shall be no vehicle parking or loading spaces within 
five (5) feet of any front, side or rear lot line. 



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20' 



64' 



MIN. 



90** PARKING -DOUBLE 



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MIN. 



PARALLEL PARKING 




MIN. 

60** PARKING 



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44' 



MIN. 



90** PARKING - SINGLE 
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MIN. 

PARKING 



PARKING REQUIREMENTS 

PARKING REQUIREMENTS 

- 90° Parking - Double 

- 90° Parking - Single 
~ Parallel Parking 

- 45° Parking 

- 60° Parking 



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b) There shall be no vehicle repair facilities, or storage of material 
or equipment within parking areas. 

c) Parking shall not be located within the required front yard 
area in any "R" District. However, access driveways may be 
located within the required front yard areas. 

d) Parking and loading spaces shall be so arranged so as not to 
require backing of vehicles onto any street. 

7.3.3 Any non-residential driveway shall be subject to the following: 

a) No portion of any entrance or exit driveway to the area shall 
be closer than 150 feet to the centerline of a street intersect- 
ing the street servicing the entrance or driveway. No more than 
two driveways shall serve one area. 

b) No point of any two driveways leading from a street to a single 
area shall be within 50 feet of each other at their intersections 
with the front lot line. 

c) No entrance or exit driveway shall exceed 20 feet in width ex- 
cept for a suitable radius of curvature at the entrance. 

SECTION 8 - NON-CONFORMING USES, STRUCTURES AND LOTS 

8. 1 APPLICATION OF NON-CONFORMITY 

The provisions of this Section shall apply to all districts as estabUshed by 
this Bylaw and as amended. 

8.2 BUILDINGS AND USES ALREADY IN EXISTENCE 

a) Any lawful building, structure or use lawfully existing or lawfully be- 
gun or authorized under any special permit or building permit issued 
before the first publication of notice of the public hearing on this By- 
law, which does not conform to the provisions hereof, may be con- 
tinued without expansion unless and until abandoned. When aban- 
doned, all future structures and uses shall conform to this Bylaw. 

b) Construction or operations authorized under such a pre-notice building 
or special permit shall conform to this Bylaw unless the use or con- 
struction is commenced within six months after the issuance of the per- 
mit, and in cases involving construction, unless such construction is 
continued through to completion as continuously and expeditiously 
as is reasonable. 

8.3 SINGLE LOT EXEMPTION 

Notwithstanding the lot regulations hereof, a detached one-family dwelling 
or other lawful building may be constructed on a lot having less than the 
required area, width, depth and/or frontage (provided that all other pro- 
visions of this Bylaw are complied with) if: 

a) Such lot is exempted from such requirements by Chapter 40A, Section 
6, of the General Laws of the Commonwealth; or 



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b) Such lot, on or before the effective date of the requirements in ques- 
tion: 

i. was lawfully laid out by plan or deed duly recorded in the Nor- 
folk Registry of Deeds, or registered in the Registry District 
of the Land Court, 

ii. was in conformity with the area, width and frontage provisions 
of the Zoning Bylaw, if any, appUcable to the construction of 
such a dwelling or other building on said lot at the time of such 
registration or recording, and 

iii. was, on said effective date, held in ownership separate from that 
of adjoining land, or if held in ownership the same as that of 
adjoining land, had an area of not less than: 

a. 9,000 square feet in RA district 

b. 15,000 square feet in RB district 

c. 20,000 square feet in RC district; or, 

c) Was shown on a definitive subdivision plan duly approved by the 
Cohasset Planning Board and was in conformity with the area, width, 
and frontage provisions of the Zoning Bylaw appHcable at the time of 
such approval to the construction of such a dwelUng or other building 
on said lot. 

8.4 DEFINITIVE PLAN EXEMPTION 

If a definitive plan or a preliminary plan followed within seven months 
with a definitive plan is submitted to the Planning Board for approval 
under the subdivision control law, the land shown on such plan shall be 
governed by the Zoning Bylaw in effect at the time of submission while 
such plan is being processed, and if such plan is finally approved, for five 
years from the date of endorsement of such approval, except in the case 
where such plan was submitted or submitted and approved before January 
1, 1976, for seven years from the date of endorsement of such approval. 

8.5 SUBDIVISION APPROVAL NOT REQUIRED EXEMPTION 

When a plan referred to Section 8 IP of Chapter 41 has been submitted to 
the Planning Board and written notice of such submission has been given 
to the Town Clerk, the use of the land shown on such plan shall be gov- 
erned by applicable provisions of the Zoning Bylaw in effect at the time of 
the submission of such plan while such plan is being processed under the 
subdivision control law including the time required to pursue or await the 
determination of an appeal referred to in said section, and for a period of 
three years from the date of endorsement by the Planning Board that 
approval under the subdivision control law is not required, or words of 
similar import. 

8.6 EFFECTIVE DATE 

For the purpose of this Section 8, the "effective date" of the lot area regu- 
lations estabhshed by the Zoning Bylaw as first adopted, shall be July 1, 



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1955 and the "effective date" of any lot area regulations subsequently 
established shall be the date of notice of the hearing before the Planning 
Board on the amendment in question, according to Chapter 40A of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth as amended. 

8.7 EXTENSION AND ALTERATION 

The Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit extension of a non- 
conforming use of a building, structure or land; or structural alteration or 
enlargement of a non-conforming building, provided that the Board finds 
that such extension, alteration or enlargement: 

a) Shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing non- 
conforming use to the neighborhood. 

b) Will not be injurious or dangerous to the pubHc health or hazardous be- 
cause of traffic congestion or other reasons. 

8.8 CHANGE OF NON-CONFORMING USE 

The Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit a non-conforming 
use of a building, structure, or land, to be changed to a specified use not 
substantially different in character (or in its effect on the vicinity) pro- 
vided that it fmds that such change shall not be substantially more detri- 
mental than the existing, non-conforming use to the neighborhood. 

8.9 RESTORATION OF NON-CONFORMING BUILDINGS 

A building or structure devoted to a non-conforming use (whether in 
whole or in part) and a building or structure non-conforming as to height, 
setback, yards or other provisions, may, if damaged, destroyed or torn 
down, be repaired or reconstructed within the same portion of the lot and 
used as before, provided that such repair or reconstruction is substantially 
completed within three years for residential and two years for business 
uses, of the date of the damage, destruction or razing. 

8.10 TEMPORARY USES 

In any district the Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit a 
temporary building or structure not in conformity with the provisions of 
this Bylaw, provided that such peijnit will not be detrimental or injurious 
to persons, property or improvements in the vicinity and the Town. Such 
authorization shall not be for more than one year nor be extended. 

SECTION 9 - SPECIAL FLOOD PLAIN 

AND WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT 

9.1 PURPOSES 

9.1.1 To protect persons and property from the hazards of flooding 
and pollution. 

9.1.2 To protect, preserve, and maintain the water table and water re- 
charge areas within the Town so as to preserve and protect the 
water supplies of the Town and adjacent towns. 



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9.1.3 To assure the continuation of the natural flow patterns of the 
water courses within the Town in order to provide adequate and 
safe water storage and runoff capacity. 

9.2 LOCATION 

The Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District is located as shown on 
a plan entitled "Cohasset Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District, 
January, 1975, prepared by Richardson and KaUshes", Land Use Consul- 
tants, as revised by Gale Engineering, Inc., November, 1976 (hereinafter 
referred to as the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection Map) and filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, which plan, together with all explanatory 
matter thereon and amendments thereto, is hereby incorporated by ref- 
erence and made a part of this Bylaw. 

9.3 RELATION TO DISTRICTS 

Eor the purposes of this Bylaw the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection 
District shall be considered as superimposed on the other districts shown 
on the Zoning Map and any building, structure, use, or land included 
within the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection shaU also be deemed to 
be within the particular district or districts in which it is located, as shown 
on the Zoning Map, and shall be subject to all the restrictions and regula- 
tions of said particular district or districts in addition to those set forth in 
this Section. 

9.4 BOUNDARIES 

The location of the boundary lines of the Flood Plain and Watershed Pro- 
tection District as shown on the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection 
Map shall be determined in the same manner as hereinbefore set forth in 
Section 3.3 for determining the location of boundary lines of the districts 
shown on the Zoning Map. 

9.5 ALLOWED USES 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the following uses are 
permitted as a matter of right: 

9.5.1 Conservation of soil, water, plants, and wildlife (including wildUfe 
shelters). 

9.5.2 Proper operation and maintenance of dams and other water con- 
trol devices for pubhc water suppUes, agricultural, recreational, 
flood control, or maintenance purposes, or for the propagation of 
fish or shellfish. 

9.5.3 Outdoor recreation including, but not necessarily limited to, 
boating, golfing, fishing, hunting, nature study, and bicycle and 
horseback riding (including estabUshment and maintenance of 
paths therefor). 

9.5.4 Fishing, shellfishing, forestry, grazing, farming, gardening, nur- 
series, truck gardening, and harvesting of crops including, but not 



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limited to, such crops as cranberries, marsh hay, seaweed, sea- 
moss, berries, fruits, and seeds. 

9.5.5 Salt marsh ditch maintenance under governmental authority for 
Mosquito Control. 

9.5.6 The creation, construction, alteration, enlargement, maintenance 
and proper use of dams, reservoirs, water control structures, 
water treatment storage, pumping and transmission facilities to- 
gether with appropriate incidental structures, offices, and build- 
ings and works for pubHc water supply purposes and under the 
control and management of any Federal, State, or Municipal 
agency, all as may be permitted by general or special laws of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and not withstanding the fact 
that any of the same may temporarily or permanently alter 
(1) the water level, (2) the nature of flood storage capacity, and 
(3) the natural flow of water within the district. 

9.5.7 Pubhc Parks and incidental recreation uses. 

9.5.8 Soil observation tests, percolation tests, and other such tests, pro- 
vided site is restored to original condition. 

9.6 SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED 

9.6.1 In a Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District, no building or 
structure shall be constructed, used, erected, altered, or otherwise 
placed or moved for any purpose, and no land shall be filled, ex- 
cavated, or otherwise changed in grade, except as permitted by 
Section 9.5 Allowed Uses, or pursuant to a special permit there- 
fore issued by the Board of Appeals as hereinafter provided. 

9.6.2 Any appHcation for such special permit shall be submitted to the 
Board of Appeals. The appHcation, except as hereinafter provided 
shall be accompanied by a plan of the premises in question, sub- 
mitted in quadruplicate, showing: (1) the boundaries and dimen- 
sions of the lot; (2) the location, dimensions, and elevations of 
existing and proposed structures, buildings, driveways, sewage 
disposal systems, and watercourses thereon; (3) the existing con- 
tours of the land at one foot intervals referred to mean sea level 
datum certified by a registered professional engineer or land sur- 
veyor and any proposed changes therefrom; and (4) such other 
information as is deemed necessary by the Board of Appeals to 
indicate the complete physical characteristics of the proposed 
construction and/or grading. The Board of Appeals, upon written 
request prior to the submissions of an appHcation, may then or 
thereafter waive or modify the specifications for the plan which 
accompanies an appHcation, provided that the plan as proposed 
in such request or accepted by the Board contains sufficient in- 
formation to indicate the complete physical characteristics of the 
proposed construction and/or grading. 



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9.7 SPECIAL PERMIT USES 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the Board of Appeals 
may authorize by special permit, subject to such conditions as it may 
impose under Section 9.9 of this Section, the following uses or structures: 

9.7.1 Footbridges and plank walks so long as the walking surfaces do 
not exceed eighteen (18) inches in width; 

9.7.2 PubUc sewer faciUties and pubUc solid waste disposal areas (in- 
cluding structures incidental to said facilities and areas); 

9.7.3 Temporary storage of materials and/or equipment for a period or 
periods not to exceed 90 days in each instance; 

9.7.4 Dams, excavations, or changes in water courses to create ponds, 
pools, or private reservoirs for agriculture, fishing, wildhfe, or 
recreational uses, drainage improvements and flood control, not 
otherwise permitted as a matter of right; 

9.7.5 Non-residential structures incidental to any of the uses allowed 
under Section 9.5 of this section, provided, however, that the 
same do not exceed 20 feet in height or 200 square feet in total 
ground coverage and that the water quaUty or natural drainage 
pattern of any water course is not adversely affected thereby; 

9.7.6 The construction and maintenance of a driveway of minimum 
legal and practical width where alternative means of access from a 
public way are unavailable ; 

9.7.7 The installation and maintenance of underground utilities pro- 
vided the area affected is restored substantially to its original con- 
dition ; and 

9.7.8 Any other construction, movement, or placement of a building or 
structure, filling, excavation, or changing in grade, provided that 
it is shown by affirmative evidence that: 

a) The land is not subject to flooding or wave damage or unsuit- 
able for the proposed use because of drainage conditions; 

b) The land, if subject to tidal action or adjacent to tidal waters, 
is ten feet above mean sea level; 

c) The proposed construction, use and/or change in grade will 
not obstruct or divert flood flow or reduce natural flood stor- 
age capacity to the extent of substantially raising the high 
water level in the same or adjoining districts; 

d) The proposed system of drainage and/or private sewage dis- 
posal will not cause pollution or otherwise endanger property 
or the public health; and ^ 

e) The proposed use of the land does not derogate substantially 
from the purposes of the Flood Plain and Watershed Protec- 
tion District as set forth above or the purposes of this Bylaw. 



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9.8 REFERENCE TO OTHER BOARDS 

Within seven (7) days after receipt of the appUcation for a special permit 
under this section the Board of Appeals shall transmit copies thereof, to- 
gether with copies of the accompanying plans to the Board of Health, the 
Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission. All such Boards, shall 
investigate the application and report in writing their recommendations 
to the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals shall not take final action 
on such application until it has received a report thereon from the Board 
of Health, Plarming Board, and the Conservation Commission or until said 
Boards have allowed thirty -five (35) days to elapse after receipt of such 
application without submission of a report. 

9.9 CONDITIONS OF PERMIT 

In granting a special permit under this Section, the Board of Appeals shall 
impose conditions specially designed to safeguard the property, health, 
and safety of occupants of the premises and of other land, and to insure 
conformity with the purposes of this Section and this Bylaw, which may 
include conditions as to: (a) placement of building or structure, (b) type 
of foundation, (c) elevation of floors, (d) method of anchoring building to 
foundation, (e) design of drainage system and private sewage disposal sys- 
tem, (f) area and depth of any excavation, (g) area, depth, and composi- 
tion of any fill, (h) occupancy of building, and (i) certification of per- 
formance by a registered professional engineer or land surveyor. 

9.10 LOT AREA REQUIREMENTS 

Where any portion of a lot lies within the Flood Plain and Watershed Pro- 
tection District, that portion may be used to satisfy the area and frontage 
requirements for the district in which the lot is situated, provided, how- 
ever, (1) that areas greater than five feet in breadth which are covered by 
water or subject to tidal flow shall not be included to satisfy said area or 
frontage requirements, and (2) that areas covered by water in any part of a 
year shall not comprise more than fifteen (15) percent of the required lot 
area. 

9.11 EXTENSIONS, ENLARGEMENTS OR ALTERATIONS OF 
NON-CONFORMING BUILDING OR USE - 
RESTORATION OF NON-CONFORMING BUILDING 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the Board of Appeals 
may authorize by special permit an extension, enlargement, or alteration 
of a non-conforming use of a building, structure, or land, provided (1) that 
the restrictions and regulations contained in this Section 9 shall apply in 
addition to the provisions of Section 8.6 and 8.8 and (2) that the ground 
area coverage of any building or structure on the lot as of the effective 
date of this Section 9 is not increased by more than 300 square feet or 
twenty (20) percent, whichever is greater, by any alterations or enlarge- 
ments. 



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SECTION 10 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING EARTH REMOVAL 

10.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS 

Earth materials, including soil, loam, sand, gravel or stone shall not be re- 
moved from any premises within the Town unless such removal will con- 
stitute an exempt operation as hereinafter provided. For purposes of this 
Section, the term "premises" shall have the meaning set forth in "Def- 
initions" and also shall include more than one lot if all said lots are: 

a) adjacent to one or more said lots; and 

b) owned by the same owner or owners in an identical manner. 

10.2 EXEMPT OPERATIONS 

The removal of earth material in any of the following operations shall be 
an exempt operation: 

a) the removal of not more than ten (10) cubic yards of material in the ag- 
gregate in any year from one premises; 

b) the transfer of material from one part of a premises to another part of 
the same premises; 

c) the removal of material from land in use by the Town or other govern- 
mental agency ; 

d) the removal of material necessarily excavated in connection with the 
lawful construction of a building, structure, sewage system or other 
utility, provided that the quantity of material removed does not exceed 
that actually displaced by the portion of the building, structure, road, 
driveway, sidewalk or path below finished grade. 

SECTION 11 - ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT 

11.1 EXECUTION 

The Building Inspector appointed by the Board of Selectmen shall enforce 
the provisions of this Bylaw as hereinafter provided. 

11.1.1 No buildings or structures shall be constructed, externally altered, 
or changed in use in the Town without a building permit from the 
Building Inspector. 

11.1.2 The Building Inspector shall withhold such a permit unless such 
construction, alteration or proposed use is in conformity with all 
the provisions of this Bylaw. 

11.1.3 Where a special permit from or variance by the Board of Appeals 
is required or Site Plan approval is required by the Planning 
Board, the Building Inspector shall issue no building permit ex- 
cept in accordance with the written decision of the respective 
Board. 

1 1 .1 .4 The status of previously approved permits shall be as determined 
by the Zoning Act, Chapter 40A. 



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11.1.5 Any structure or lot for which a permit is required shall not be 
used or occupied until the owner appUes for and receives from 
the Building Inspector a certificate of use and occupancy. 

1 1 .1 .6 Fees may be established from time to time. 
11.2 ENFORCEMENT 

11.2.1 The Building Inspector shall make an investigation of an alleged 
violation of any provision of this Bylaw or any permit or decision 
thereunder and such investigation may include inspection of the 
premises where such violations may exist. 

11.2.2 Where written complaint is made, the Building Inspector shall 
take action upon such complaint within fourteen (14) days of the 
receipt thereof, and he shall notify in writing the party making 
the written complaint of his action or nonaction and the reasons 
therefore. 

11.2.3 If the Building Inspector finds no violation or prospective viola- 
tion, any person aggrieved by the decision, any regional planning 
agency, or any person, officer, or board of the Town or any abut- 
ting city or town may within thirty (30) days of the date of said 
decision appeal to the Board of Appeals. 

11.2.4 The Building Inspector shall give immediate notice in writing to 
the owner and to any occupants of the premises if a violation is 
found. Such notice shall order the violator to cease and desist and 
refrain from such violation within a specified period of time. Any 
person aggrieved by this decision or any officer or Board of the 
Town may within thirty (30) days of such decision appeal to the 
Board of Appeals. 

11.2.5 If, after such order, the violation continues and no appeal to the 
Board of Appeals is taken within thirty (30) days of such order, 
the Building Inspector shall forthwith make application to the 
Superior Court for an injunction restraining the violation and 
shall take such other action as is necessary to enforce the pro- 
visions of this Bylaw. 

11.2.6 If, after action by the Building Inspector, appeal is taken to the 
Board of Appeals, and after a pubUc hearing, the Board of Ap- 
peals finds that there has been a violation or prospective viola- 
tion, the Building Inspector shall issue an order to cease and 
desist and refrain from such violation within a specified period of 
time, unless such order has been previously issued under Section 
11.2.4. 

1 1 .2.7 If such violation then continues, the Building Inspector shall take 
such action as may be necessary to enforce this Bylaw. 

11 .2.8 Any owner who, having been served with a cease and desist notice 
and who ceases any work or activity, shall not leave any structure 



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or lot in a condition that is a hazard or menace to the pubHc 
safety, health or general welfare. The Building Inspector shall 
have the power to require that premises be put in safe condition 
or such condition that (s)he directs to bring them into conform- 
ity with this Bylaw. 

1 1 .2.9 Any order directing the discontinuance of an unlawful action, use 
or condition and the abatement of violation may contain a stipu- 
lation specifying a time limit for such order to be carried out. 

11.2.10 Nothing herein shall preclude any officer or citizen from taking 
any other lawful action to prevent violation of this Bylaw. 

11.2.11 A penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) per violation shall be 
assessed, and each 24 hour period such violation continues shall 
constitute a separate offense. 

11.3 BOARD OF APPEALS 

11.3.1 Appointment 

There shall be a Board of Appeals of three (3) members and two 
(2) associate members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen as 
provided in Chapter 40A of the General Laws, as amended. 

Said Board shall have all the powers and duties of boards of 
appeals under said Chapter and in addition all the powers and 
duties herein prescribed. 

11.3.2 Appeals 

Appeals to the Board of Appeals may be taken: 

a) by any person aggrieved by reason of his inability to obtain a 
permit or enforcement action by the Building Inspector under 
this Bylaw; or 

b) by any regional planning agency or any person, officer, or 
board of the Town or any abutting city or town aggrieved by 
an order or decision of any administrative official under this 
Bylaw, including any decision regarding an alleged violation. 

In any case, no such appeal shall be heard by said Board unless 
after the refusal of a permit or the issuance of the order or de- 
cision, said appeal is filed with the Town Clerk as hereinafter pro- 
vided. 

11 .3.3 Any appeal to the Board of Appeals to any order or decision rela- 
tive to this Bylaw shall be made in accordance with the condi- 
tions set out in the Zoning Act, Chapter 40A. All such appeals 
shall be conducted and granted in accordance with Chapter 40A 
of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as 
amended. 

11.3.4 The Board of Appeals is empowered to grant a special permit or 
a variance under conditions and regulations. 

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1 1 .3.5 Any special permit granting board shall adopt rules relative to the 
issuance of such permits and file a copy of said rules with the 
Town Clerk. 

1 1 .4 SPECIAL PERMITS BY BOARD OF APPEALS: 
CONDITIONS, PROCEDURES 

The Board of Appeals shall hear and decide only such special permits as 
are specifically authorized by the terms of this Bylaw. The Board may 
grant special permits after a pubUc hearing only where such conditions and 
safeguards as required by this Bylaw have been made, and only after a de- 
termination that such grant would not be detrimental to the pubUc health, 
safety, welfare, comfort or the convenience of the community and would 
not be adverse to the Town's economy and environment. 

1 1 .4.1 A special permit shall not be granted by the Board of Appeals un- 
less and until: 

a) A written application for a special permit is submitted indi- 
cating the specific section of this Bylaw under which the 
special permit is sought and stating the grounds on which it is 
requested; 

b) The Board of Appeals has made written findings certifying 
compliance with the specific provisions of this Bylaw govern- 
ing the exception and that satisfactory provision and arrange- 
ment has been made covering the following where appUcable, 
and action taken assuring that the special exception will not 
have an adverse effect on adjoining properties or properties 
generally in the district: 

1. Ingress and egress to property and proposed structures 
thereon with particular reference to automotive and pedes- 
trian safety and convenience; off-street parking and loading 
areas where required, traffic flow and control; access in case 
of fire or catastrophe ; and the capability of pubHc roads to 
support the added traffic safely. 

2. The proposed use will not create any danger of pollution to 
pubhc or private water facilities, and the methods of drain- 
age at the proposed site either on-site or pubUc sewage sys- 
tems, wherever necessary, are adequate. No excessive 
demand shall be imposed on the water supply system. 

3. Signs, if any, proposed exterior lighting with reference to 
glare, and that no excessive noise, vibration, light, dust, 
smoke, heat, glare, or odor shall be observable at the lot 
lines. 

4. Refuse collection or disposal and service areas, with particu- 
lar reference to items in Paragraphs (1) and (2) above. 

5. Screening and buffering with reference to type, dimensions, 
and character. 



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6. Required yards and other open space. 

7. Economic effect and general compatibility and harmony 
with adjacent properties and other property in the district. 

8. The comments and recommendations of the Planning Board 
have been considered where the Special Permit has been 
submitted to the Planning Board and the Planning Board 
has submitted its recommendations as required by this By- 
law. Reasons for not accepting any of the comments and 
recommendations of the Planning Board shall be noted. 

9. A special permit shall only be issued following a pubUc 
hearing held within sixty-five (65) days after filing of an 
application with the special permit granting authority, a 
copy of which shall forthwith be given to the Town Clerk 
by the applicant. 

11.4.2 Within ten (10) days after receipt of the appUcation for a special 
permit under this Section, the Board of Appeals shall transmit 
copies thereof, together with copies of the accompanying plans to 
the Board of Health, the Planning Board, and the Conservation 
Commission. All such Boards shall investigate the application and 
report in writing their recommendations to the Board of Appeals. 

1 1.4.3 The Board of Appeals shall not take final action on such applica- 
tion until it has received a report thereon from the Board of 
Health, Planning Board and the Conservation Commission or until 
said Boards have allowed thirty-five (35) days to elapse after re- 
ceipt of such appUcation without submission of a report. Failure 
by the permit granting authority to take final action upon the 
application for a special permit within ninety (90) days of date of 
the pubhc hearing shall be deemed to be a grant of the permit 
applied for and the Town Clerk shall certify forthwith. 

1 1.4.4 A special permit granted pursuant to this Section shall lapse after 
two years, including such time required to pursue or await the 
determination of an appeal from the grant thereof, if a substantial 
use thereof has not sooner commenced except for good cause, or 
in the case of permit for construction, if construction has not be- 
gun by such date except for good cause. 

11.5 VARIANCE 

As provided by statute, the Board of Appeals may authorize with respect 
to a particular building, structure, or parcel of land, after a duly adver- 
tised public hearing, held within sixty-five (65) days after filing of an 
application with said Board and with the Town Clerk. A variance from any 
of the terms of this Zoning Bylaw where owing to the circumstances relat- 
ing to soil condition, shape, or topography of such land or structures, and 
especially affecting such land or structures, but not affecting generally the 
Zoning District in which it is located, a hteral enforcement of the provi- 



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sions of the ordinance or Bylaw would involve substantial hardship, finan- 
cial or otherwise, to the owner of said building or parcel, and that desir- 
able relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the pubUc 
good and without nullifying or substantially derogating from the intent or 
purpose of such Zoning Bylaw. A variance may authorize a use not other- 
wise permitted in the district in which the land or structure is located, pro- 
vided that such use is specifically permitted by this Bylaw. 

11.5.1 Before any variance is granted, the Board must find all of the 
following conditions to be present: 

a) Conditions and circumstances are unique to the applicant's 
lot, structure or building and do not apply to the neighboring 
lands, structures or buildings in the same district. 

b) Strict application of the provisions of this Bylaw would de- 
prive the appHcant of reasonable use of the lot, structure or 
building in a manner equivalent to the use permitted to be 
made by other owners of their neighborhood lands, structures 
or buildings in the same district. 

c) The unique conditions and circumstances are not the result of 
actions of the applicant taken subsequent to the adoption of 
this Bylaw. 

d) Rehef, if approved, will not cause substantial detriment to the 
pubHc good or impair the purposes and intent of this Bylaw. 

d) ReHef, if approved, will not constitute a grant of special priv- 
ilege inconsistent with the Umitations upon other properties in 
the district. 

11.5.2 The Board may, in approving a variance, impose conditions, safe- 
guards and limitations both of time and of use, including the con- 
tinued existence of any particular structures but excluding any 
condition, safeguards or limitations based upon the continued 
ownership of the land or structures to which the variance pertains 
by the applicant, petitioners or any owner. A variance for use 
properly granted prior to January 1, 1976 but Umited in time, 
may be extended on the same terms and conditions that were in 
effect for such variance upon said effective date. 

11.5.3 Within ten (10) days after receipt of the application for a vari- 
ance under this section, the Board of Appeals shall transmit 
copies thereof, together with copies of the accompanying plans to 
the Board of Health, the Planning Board and the Conservation 
Commission. All such Boards shall investigate the appUcation and 
report in writing their recommendations to the Board of Appeals. 

11 .5.4 The Board of Appeals shall not take final action on such appUca- 
tion until it has received a report thereon from the Board of 
Health, the Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission or 



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until such Boards have allowed thirty-five (35) days to elapse 
after receipt of such application without submission of a report. 
Failure of the Board to take final action within seventy-five (75) 
days of filing of such application shall be deemed to be a granting 
of the variance and the Town Clerk shall so certify forthwith. 

11 .5.5 If the rights authorized by a variance are not exercised within one 
year of the date of grant of such variance, they shall lapse and 
may be reestabUshed only after notice and a new hearing pur- 
suant to Chapter 40A. 

11.6 SITE PLAN REVIEW 

1 1 .6. 1 No permit to build, reconstruct, or expand any buildings or struc- 
tures in any Business or Light Industry District where such con- 
struction shall exceed a total gross floor area of 200 square feet, 
shall be issued by the Building Inspector until he shall have re- 
ceived from the Planning Board a written statement of final ap- 
proval of the Planning Board in accordance with the provisions of 
this section, or until 75 days have elapsed after an appHcation for 
site plan approval has been filed with the Planning Board. This 
section shall not include signs attached to a building, or normal 
maintenance. In cases where an appHcation has been submitted to 
the Board of Appeals, and when in accordance with the provi- 
sions of this Bylaw the Board of Appeals refers an appHcation for 
a Special Permit to the Planning Board for review and comment, 
the Planning Board's written report to the Board of Appeals shall 
include, but not be limited to, aU of the findings and determina- 
tions the Planning Board would make in conducting a Site Plan 
Review under this section. 

11.6.2 The Planning Board shall review preliminary site plans and shall 
issue site plan approval if the Board finds the following: 

a) That the proposed development will be harmonious with, and 
not harmful, injurious or objectionable to existing or future 
uses in the area; 

b) That natural resources will not be unduly exhausted: 

c) That erosion will be controlled during and after construction 
and will not adversely affect adjacent or neighboring property 
or pubHc facihties or services; 

d) That increased or decreased runoff due to development on the 
site will not be injurious to any downstream property owners 
or cause hazardous conditions on adjoining streets; 

e) That the proposed development will not result in undue pollu- 
tion of ground or surface waters, whether fresh or salt; 

f) That the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic within 
the site and in relation to access streets will be safe and con- 
venient. 

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11.6.3 A person applying for site plan review shall file an application 
with the Planning Board, including copies of a site plan and a 
filing fee, as required by the Planning Board. The application and 
site plan shall include the elements on which the Planning Board 
is to make a finding and determination, as provided in this section 
and shall also include information as to the nature and extent of 
the proposed use of buildings, and such further information as 
the Planning Board shall reasonably require by rule or regulation. 
In subsequent appUcations concerning the same subject matter, 
the Planning Board may waive the filing of plans and documents 
to the extent they duplicate those previously filed. Copies of the 
Rules and Regulations concerning the Site Plan Review shall be 
filed with the Town Clerk. 

11.6.4 The Planning Board shall, within one week of receipt of site plan 
application, transmit to appropriate town boards and depart- 
ments, for review, one copy of the application and site plan. The 
Planning Board shall not make a finding and determination upon 
an application until it has received the final report of the agencies 
designated by the Planning Board thereon, or until 35 days shall 
have elapsed since the transmittal of said copies of the site plan to 
the designated agencies without such report having been sub- 
mitted. No permit, or any extension, modification or renewal 
thereof, shall take effect until the Town Clerk certifies that 20 
days have elapsed and no appeal has been filed, or that such 
appeal has been dismissed or denied. 

11.6.5 The Plarming Board shall hold a duly advertised pubHc hearing 
within 30 days after the filing of an application and site plan, and 
except as hereinafter provided, shall take final action within 21 
days after the date of the pubUc hearing. Such final action shall 
consist of either: 

a) A finding and determination that the proposed construction, 
reconstruction, substantial exterior alteration, or addition will 
constitute a suitable development and will not result in signifi- 
cant detriment to the neighborhood or the natural qualities of 
the town; 

b) A written denial of the application for such finding and deter- 
mination, stating the reasons for such denial, including a state- 
ment of the respect in which any elements of the proposal are 
deemed by the Planning Board to be unsuitable or detrimental 
to the neighborhood or the natural qualities of the town; or 

c) A finding and determination, subject to such reasonable order 
of conditions, modifications and restrictions as the Planning 
Board shall set forth, that the proposed construction, recon- 
struction, substantial exterior alteration, or addition will 
constitute a suitable development and will not result in sig- 



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nificant detriment to the neighborhood or the natural quaHties 
of the town. 

11.6.6 In the event that the Planning Board approves a site plan under 
these provisions, any building, reconstruction or expansion shall 
be carried on only in conformity with any conditions, modifica- 
tions and restrictions subject to which the Board shall have made 
its findings and determinations, and only in conformity with the 
application and site plan and its amendments, if any, on the basis 
of which the findings and determinations are made. 

1 1 .6.7 Minor changes to the approved site plan may be submitted to the 
Building Inspector for approval and if deemed insignificant or 
minor in nature or effect, may be approved by him. Any changes 
designated to be significant or major by the Building Inspector or 
the Planning Board, shall be resubmitted to the Planning Board in 
the form of a new site plan. Any building, reconstruction, or 
expansion not approved by the Building Inspector or the Planning 
Board shall be ordered halted and fully removed. 

11.6.8 The approval of a site plan, or a modification or amendment 
thereof, shall remain effective for a period of one year only from 
the date of such approval (either directly or by inaction) unless 
prior to the expiration of such one year period, the applicant 
makes substantial efforts to build in accordance with the 
approved site plan, or unless the Planning Board votes to extend 
the time for a period not to exceed one additional year. 

11 .6.9 This section shall be enforced by the Building Inspector according 
to the provisions set forth in Section 5C of this Bylaw. 

11.6.10 Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Planning Board, or by 
its failure to act in connection with its duty to review a site plan 
under this section, may appeal to the Superior Court or to the 
Land Court of Norfolk County under Section fourteen A of 
Chapter two hundred and forty of the General Laws of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

11.6.11 Applications for a permit to build, reconstruct, alter the exterior 
of or expand any buildings or structures in any Business or Light 
Industry District where site plan approval is not required shall be 
accompanied by a plan of buildings showing location on lot, 
access, egress, parking provisions and plan of work for which per- 
mit is sought. Said plans shall be transmitted to the Planning 
Board by the Building Inspector. The Planning Board may make 
recommendations of an advisory nature to the applicant based on 
the site plan review criteria. 



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SECTION 12 - AMENDMENT, VALIDITY 

12.1 AMENDMENT 

This Bylaw may be amended from time to time in accordance with the 
Zoning Act, Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts. 

During the amendment procedure, subdivision plans in process or review 
by the Planning Board under the Subdivision Control Law shall be subject 
to the provisions of Chapter 40A. 

12.2 VALIDITY 

The invalidity, unconstitutionality or illegahty of any provision of this By- 
law or boundary shown on the Zoning Map shall not have any effect upon 
the validity, constitutionality or legaHty of any other provisions or 
boundary. 

Moved. That the Town accept the provisions of Chapter 808 of the Acts of 
1975, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, as amended, by deleting the 
present zoning By-Law, as amended, in its entirety, and substituting therefor 
the proposed zoning By-Law which is attached hereto. 



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PROPOSED 

ZONING BYLAW 

OFTHE 

TOWN OF COH ASSET 

MASSACHUSETTS 




ADDENDUM TO WARRANT 

ARTICLE 21 

FOR ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 

April ^, 1978 



Planning Board 

Wayne Sawchuk, Chairman 
John Bradley 
Patricia Facey 
Elizabeth Holt 
Glenn Pratt 



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TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Page 
Section 1 SCOPE 97 

Section 2 DEFINITIONS 98 

Section 3 ZONING DISTRICTS 104 

Section 4 USE REGULATIONS, TABLE, AND NOTES 105 

Section 5 AREA REGULATIONS, TABLE, AND NOTES 113 

Section 6 SIGN REGULATIONS 118 

Section 7 OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS 121 

Section 8 NON-CONFORMING USES, STRUCTURES, AND LOTS . . .126 

Section 9 FLOOD PLAIN AND 

WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT 128 

Section 10 REGULATIONS GOVERNING EARTH REMOVAL 133 

Section 11 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT 133 

Includes Board of Appeals, Special Permits, 
Variances, Site Plan Review 

Section 12 AMENDMENT AND VALIDITY 142 



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ZONING BYLAW 

OF THE 

TOWN OF COHASSET, MASSACHUSETTS 



SECTION 1 - SCOPE 

1.1 TITLE 

This Bylaw shall be known and may be cited as the Zoning Bylaw for the 
Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, which herein is called "this Bylaw." 

1.1 AUTHORITY 

This Bylaw is adopted by virtue of and pursuant to the authority granted 
to the Town of Cohasset by Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Com- 
monwealth of Massachusetts, as amended, herein called the Zoriing Act, 
and the Home Rule Amendments of the Massachusetts Constitution and 
any and all amendments thereto. 

1.3 PURPOSE 

To promote the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants 
of Cohasset by lessening congestion in the streets; securing safety from 
fires, panic, or other danger; providing adequate light and air; preventing 
the overcrowding of land; to conserve health; to conserve the value of land 
and buildings, including the conservation of natural resources and the pre- 
vention of blight and pollution of the environment; to avoid undue conges- 
tion of population, to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, 
water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements; to preserve 
and protect the outstanding characteristics and natural beauty of the 
Town with due consideration given to the geography, topography, and his- 
tory of Cohasset. 



1 .4 REPEALER AND EFFECTIVE DATE 

All previous Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts are 
hereby repealed. This Bylaw shall take effect in accordance with provisions 
of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachu- 
setts. 

1 .5 BASIC REQUIREMENTS 

The provisions of this Bylaw shall be interpreted to be the minimum 
requirements adopted for the promotion of the health, safety, and the 
general welfare of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, and except for 
the Zoning Bylaw adopted by the Town Meeting on December 2, 1969 
and all amendments thereto, the provisions of this Bylaw are not intended 
to repeal, amend, abrogate, annul or in any way impair or interfere with 
any other lawfully adopted Town bylaw. State and Federal statute, cove- 
nant, regulation or rule. Whenever the regulations made under the author- 
ity hereof differ from those prescribed by any law, statute, bylaw, or other 



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regulations, that provision which imposes the greater restriction or the 
higher standard will govern; and when in conflict with a higher authority, 
the higher authority will prevail. 

1.6 APPLICATION 

Except as herein provided, or as specifically exempted by the Zoning Act, 
the provisions of this Bylaw shall apply to the following: the erection, con- 
struction, alteration, occupancy, relocation, sale, use of buildings or struc- 
tures, or the use of land. 



SECTION 2 - DEFINITIONS 

2.1 For the purpose of this Bylaw, certain terms and words shall have the 
meaning given herein. Words used in the present tense include the future. 
The singular number includes the plural, and the plural the singular, and 
words implying the masculine gender shall apply to the feminine gender. 
The words used or occupied include the words designed, arranged, in- 
tended or offered to be used or occupied. The words building, structure, 
lot, land or premises shall be construed as though followed by the words 
"or any portion thereof." The word shall is always mandatory and not 
merely directory. The word constructed shall include the words built, en- 
larged, erected, altered, moved, dind. placed. 

For the purpose of this Bylaw the following terms have the meaning in- 
tended herein. Terms not defined in this section but defined in the State 
Building Code or the Massachusetts General Laws have the meanings given 
therein. 



Abandonment 
( Non-Use ) 



Alteration 



Automotive 
Graveyard or 
Junkyard 

Board 
Building 



The discontinuance of a nonconforming residential use for 
more than a three year period or a non-conforming business 
use for more than a two year period; or the visible or other- 
wise apparent intention of an owner to discontinue a non- 
conforming use; or the replacement of the nonconforming use 
or building by a conforming use or building. 

Any construction, reconstruction or other action resulting in a 
change in the structural parts or height, number of stories, 
size, use, or location of a building or other structure. 

A collection of two or more unregistered motor vehicles on 
any lot or parcel under single ownership. 

The Board of Appeals of the Town of Cohasset, Massachu- 
setts. 

Any structure or portion thereof, either temporary or perma- 
nent, having a roof or other covering forming a structure (in- 
cluding tents or vehicles located on private property) for the 
shelter of persons, animals, or property of any kind. 



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Building, A detached subordinate building, the use of which is customar- 

Accessory ily incidental and subordinate to that of the principal building, 

and which is located on the same lot as that occupied by the 

principal building. 

Community Premises used for religious, educational, health, or recreational 

Facilities uses, including PubHc Housing for the Elderly, and/or premises 

operated by a governmental body. 

Driveway, An open space, located on a private lot, which is not more than 

Legal Service 24 feet in width built for access to a private garage or off- 
street parking space. 

Dwelling, A building containing three or more dwelling units. 

Multi-Family 

Dwelling Unit One or more living or sleeping rooms arranged for the use of 
one or more individuals living as a single housekeeping unit, 
with cooking, Hving, sanitary and sleeping facilities. 

Essential The erection, construction, alteration or maintenance by public 

Services utilities or governmental agencies of underground or overhead 

gas, electrical, steam or water transmission or distribution sys- 
tems, collection, communication, supply or disposal system, 
including poles, wires, mains, drains, sewers, pipes, conduits, 
cables, fire alarm boxes, police call boxes, traffic signals, 
hydrants, transformers, and other similar equipment and acces- 
sories in connection therewith but not including buildings 
necessary for the furnishing of adequate service by such public 
utilities or governmental agencies for the public health, safety, 
or general welfare. 

One or more persons, including domestic employees, occupy- 
ing a dwelling unit and living as a single housekeeping unit. 

(See Section 9) 



Family 

Flood Plain 
District 

Floor Area, 
Gross 

Floor Area, 

Net 



Total floor area contained within the exterior walls of a build- 
ing including space used for heating and other utilities. 

The sum of the areas of the several floors of a building, mea- 
sured from the interior faces of the walls. It does not include 
cellars, unenclosed porches, or attics not used for human occu- 
pancy or any floor space in accessory buildings or in the main 
building intended and designed for the parking of motor vehi- 
cles in order to meet the parking requirements of this Bylaw, 
or any such floor space intended and designed for accessory 
heating and ventilating equipment. 

Frontage The length of the line dividing a lot from the right-of-way of 



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Guest House 

Height 

Home 
Occupation 



Loading Space 



Lodging Unit 



Lot 



Lot, Corner 

Lot Depth 

Lot Line, 
Front 

Lot Line, 
Rear 

Lot Line, 
Side 



the street on which it bounds. This is to be measured at the 
right-of-way boundary and not at the centerUne of the street. 

Dwelhng used only intermittently by personal guests and 
family without remuneration. 

The vertical distance from the top of the foundation to the 
top of the structure, including the chimney. 

Any activity conducted by the inhabitants of and entirely 
within a dwelling unit, which use is incidental and subordinate 
to the dwelhng use, and which does not in any manner change 
the residential character of the building or its surrounding lot. 
Home occupations in a Residential District permitted as of 
right include that of: physician, artisan, teacher, day nurse, 
lawyer, architect, engineer, clergyman, accountant, osteopath, 
dentist, tailor, hairdresser, real estate broker, or similar occu- 
pations or professions. Also included are the occupation of a 
builder, carpenter, painter, plumber, electrician, mason, sign 
painter, or other artisan, or by a tree surgeon, landscaper; or 
fisherman for incidental work and storage in connection with 
his off-premises occupation. 

An off-street space used for loading or unloading and which is 
not less than 14 feet in width, 45 feet in length and with over- 
head clearance of 14 feet and containing not less than 1300 
square feet, including both access and maneuvering area. 

One or more rooms for the use of one or more individuals not 
living as a single housekeeping unit and not having cooking 
facilities. A "Lodging Unit" shall include a boarding unit, 
tourist house unit or rooming unit. 

An area or parcel of land in the same ownership, or any part 
thereof designated by its owner or owners as a separate lot. A 
parcel shall not be designated a lot unless it conforms with 
Table of Area Regulations, Section 5.3. 

A lot at the point of intersection of and abutting on two or 
more intersecting streets or ways at the intersection. 

The average horizontal distance between the front lot line and 
the rear lot hne. 

The property line dividing a lot from a street. On a corner lot 
or through lot only one street line shall be considered the 
front line. 

The lot line opposite the front lot line. 



Any lot line not a front or rear lot line. 



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Lot, A lot lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw, or 

Non-conforming any amendment thereto, which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 



Lot, Through 



Lot Width 



Membership 
Club 



Mean 
High Water 

Owner 



Parking Space 



Person 
Premises 
Public Hearings 

Recorded 

Residential 
Area 

Sign 



An interior lot, the front and rear lot lines of which abut 
streets, or a corner lot two opposite lines of which abut 
streets. 

The horizontal distance between the side lot Unes as measured 
at the required front yard depth which may or may not coin- 
cide with the actual front setback line. The lot width must be 
parallel with the center line of travelled way. 

A nonprofit social, sports, or fraternal entity, association, or 
organization maintaining a building or facilities which are used 
exclusively by members and their guests and which may or 
may not contain bar facilities. 

4.8 feet above 0.0 datum. (Mean Sea Level) 



The title holder, duly authorized agent, attorney, purchaser, 
devisee, trustee, or any person having vested or equitable inter- 
est in the use of the structure or lot in question. 

An off-street space having an area of not less than 1 76 square 
feet plus access and maneuvering space, for exclusive use as a 
parking stall for one motor vehicle or two motorcycles 
whether inside or outside a structure. (See Page 31 — Parking 
Requirement Diagram) 

The word "person" shall include one or more individuals, a 
partnership, an association or corporation. 

A lot, and any buildings, structures and uses thereon (except 
as provided in Section 10). 

Hearings shall be conducted pursuant to Chapter 40A of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as 
amended. 

Recorded in the Norfolk Registry of Deeds or registered in the 
Norfolk Registry District of the Land Court. 

A residential area is' any area situated within a district zoned 
primarily for residential purposes under the Zoning Bylaw. It 
includes R-A, R-B, and R-C. 

Any letter, word, numeral, symbol, drawing, picture, flag, pen- 
nant, trademark, emblem, design, device, article and object 
that advertises, calls attention to or indicates any premises, 
material, person, event, or activity, whatever the nature of the 



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material and manner of composition or construction not 
within a building. For the purposes of this Bylaw, a double- 
faced sign will be considered one sign. 

Sign, Any billboard, sign or other device that advertises, calls atten- 

Accessory tion to, or indicates the person occupying the premises on 

which the sign is located or the business or activity transacted 

thereon, or as for sale or to let, and which contains no other 

advertising matter of any kind. 

Sign, Any billboard, sign or other advertising device that does not 

Nonaccessory come within the foregoing definition of an accessory sign. 

Sign, A sign used to direct attention to a service, sale or other activ- 

Advertising ity not performed on the same premises upon which the sign is 

located. 

Sign, A sign used to direct attention to a service, product sold or 

Business other activity performed on the same premises upon which the 

sign is located. 

Sign, A sign indicating in, out, one way, or similar notation to facil- 

Directional itate the direction of traffic on a property. 

Sign, A sign used simply to identify the name, address, and title of 

Identification an individual family or firm occupying the premises upon 
which the sign is located, or naming the accessory use. 

Sign, A sign for protection of persons or property (e.g., no trespass- 

Posting ing, hunting, shooting, trapping). 

Sign, Standing Any sign erected on or affixed to the land and any and every 
exterior sign that is not attached to a building. 

Sign, Surface A) For a sign, either free-standing or attached, the area shall 
Area of be considered to include all lettering, wording, and accom- 

panying designs and symbols, together with the back- 
ground, whether open or enclosed, on which they are dis- 
played, but not including any unlettered supporting 
framework and bracing, which are incidental to the dis- 
play itself. 

B) For a sign applied to a building, the area shall be con- 
sidered to include all lettering, wording, and accompany- 
ing designs or symbols together with any backing of a dif- 
ferent color than the finish material of the building. 

C) Where the sign consists of individual letters or symbols 
attached to or painted on a surface, building, wall or win- 
dow, the area shall be considered to be that of the small- 
est geometric form which encompasses all of the letters 
and symbols. 



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Sign, 
Temporary 

Special Permit 



Story 



Street 



Structure 



Structure, 
Nonconforming 

Substantially 
Different Use 

Trailer 

Use 

Use, 
Accessory 

Use, 
Nonconforming 

Use, 
Principal 



D) For double-faced signs, the area shall be computed for one 
side only. 

Any sign intended to be exhibited for a period of not more 
than 30 days. 

Written permission for the use of a structure or lot or any 
activities conducted upon a premises which may be permitted 
under this Bylaw only upon apphcation to and with the ap- 
proval of the Board and/or Planning Board in accordance with 
the prffl/isions of Section 11. 

That part of a building between any floor and the next higher 
floor or lower roof line. Where a building is not divided into 
stories, a story shall be considered fifteen (15) feet in height. 
A story shall be at least 50% above grade. 

A public or private way for vehicular use which is commonly 
used by the pubHc or dedicated to pubHc use as shown on a 
plan of record. 

A combination of materials combined at a fixed location to 
give support or shelter, such as a bin, bridge, building, dock, 
fence, framework, flag pole, platform, retaining wall, reviewing 
stand, sign, stadium, swimming pool, tank, tennis court, tent, 
tower, trestle, tunnel. 

A structure lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw 
or any amendment thereto, which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 

Any use which is not permitted either by right, or by Special 
Permit of the Board of Appeals within the District in which 
the lot is located. 

Vehicle designed to be towed for living or working purposes 
whether on wheels or not. 

The purpose for which a structure or lot is arranged, designed, 
or intended to be used, occupied or maintained. 

A use customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal 
use of a structure or lot, or a use, not the principal use, which 
is located on the same lot as the principal structure. 

A use lawfully existing at the effective date of this Bylaw or 
any amendment thereto which is not in conformity with all 
provisions of this Bylaw. 

The main or primary purpose for which a structure or lot is de- 
signed, arranged, or intended, or for which it may be used, 
occupied or maintained under this Bylaw. 



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Variance Such departure from the terms of this Bylaw as the Board, 

upon appeal or petition, is empowered to authorize. 

Watershed (see Section 9) 

Protection 

District 

Yard, Front An open space extending from the full width of the lot be- 

(Setback) tween the front lot line or lines and the nearest point of the 

building. 

Yard, Rear An open space, except for an accessory structure or accessory 

use as herein permitted, extending across the full width of the 
lot line between the rear line of the building wall and the rear 
lot line. 

Yard, Side An open space extending for the full length of a building be- 

tween the nearest building wall and extending from the front 
yard to the rear yard. 

Zoning Act Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of 

Massachusetts and amendments thereto. 

Zoning Bylaw The Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Cohasset. 

SECTION 3 - ESTABLISHMENT OF ZONING DISTRICTS 

3.1 DIVISION INTO DISTRICTS 

The Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, is divided into seven Zoning Dis- 
tricts designated as follows: 



Name 


Abbreviation 


Residential A, B, and C 


R-A, R-B, R-C 


Waterfront Business 


WB 


Downtown/Village Business 


DB 


Highway Business 


HB 


Light Industry 


LI 



3.2 ZONING MAP 

The location and boundaries of the Zoning Districts are established and 
shown on a map entitled "Zoning Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts" dated 
October 1, 1969 and revised 1976 which is a part of this Bylaw. The 
authenticity of the Zoning Map shall be identified by the signature of the 
Town Clerk and the imprinted seal of the Town. Any change in the loca- 
tion of boundaries of a Zoning District by amendment of this Bylaw shall 
be authenticated in the same manner. The Zoning Map shall be kept on file 
in the Office of the Town Clerk. Photographic reductions of this Zoning 
Map may serve as copies of the Zoning Map. 

3 .3 BOUNDARIES OF DISTRICTS 

Where uncertainty exists with respect to the boundary of Districts shown 
on the Zoning Map, these rules apply: 

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3.3.1 Where a District boundary line is indicated as a street, railroad, 
watercourse, or other body of water, it shall be construed to be 
the centerline or middle thereof. Where such a boundary approx- 
imates a Town boundary, then it runs to the limits of the juris- 
diction of the Town. 

3.3.2 Where a District boundary line is indicated as running outside the 
lines of and parallel to a street, railroad, watercourse, or other 
body of water, it shall be construed to be parallel thereto and at 
such distance therefrom as shown on the Zoning Map. If no 
dimension is given, such distance shall be determined by the use 
of the scale shown on the Zoning Map. 

3.3.3 Where a District boundary line is indicated as a specific eleva- 
tion, it shall be construed as the distance above Mean Sea Level, 
based on the Massachusetts Geodetic Datum of 1929. The map 
entitled "Flood Plain and Watershed Protection Districts" con- 
tains locations of benchmarks for the Flood Plain and Watershed 
Protection Districts. 

3.3.4 When a District boundary line divides a lot that is in one owner- 
ship of record at the time such hne is adopted, a use that is per- 
mitted on one portion of the lot may be extended 50 feet into 
the other portion, provided the first portion includes the required 
lot width and depth, and only if the lot has frontage on a street 
in the less restricted district. The Board, however, may authorize 
by Special Permit the increase of said distance to not more than 
two hundred (200) feet. This allowance does not apply to Flood 
Plain or Watershed Protection Districts described in Section 9. 

3.3.5 Where a District boundary line is shown approximately on the 
location of a property or lot line and the exact location of the 
boundary line is not indicated by means of a figure or otherwise, 
then the property or lot line shall be the boundary line. 

3.3.6 In any case not covered by the other provisions of this Section, 
the location of a District boundary line shall be determined by 
the distance in feet, if given, from other lines upon the Zoning 
Map, or, if distances are not given, then by the scale of the 
Zoning Map. 

SECTION 4 - USE REGULATIONS 

4. 1 APPLICABILITY OF USE REGULATIONS 

No building, structure, or land shall be used or occupied, in whole or in 
part except for one or more of the purposes permitted in its District. 

4.2 PERMITTED USES 

In the following Table of Use Regulations, the uses permitted by right in 
the District are designated by the word "Yes." Those uses that may be per- 
mitted by Special Permit in the District, in accordance with Section 11.4 
are designated by the letters "SP". Uses that are not permitted in the Dis- 
tricts are designated by the word "No." 



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Residential 


Non-Residential 


R-A R-B R-C 


DB 


WB MB LI 


Yes Yes Yes 


SP 


No SP No 


Yes Yes Yes 


SP 


No SP No 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

The Table of Use Regulations that follows is part of this Bylaw. 

USE 

Residential 

Detached one-family dwelling 

The conversion and/or use of a one- 
family dwelUng existing on 1/5/55 
as a dwelling for not more than two 
(2) families subject to Table 5.3 
(Table of Area Regs.). 

The conversion and/or use of a one- SP SP SP SP No SP No 
family dwelhng existing on 1/5/55 
as a dwelling for more than two (2) 
famihes subject to Table 5.3. 

Dwellings for more than one family No No No SP SP SP No 
including those in combination with 
stores or other permitted uses sub- 
ject to Table 5.3 and 7.1. 

Accessory Residential building such Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

as tool shed, boat house, shelter or 

stable for domestic animals, private 

greenhouse, guest house, swimming 

pool or private detached garage for 

up to 4 vehicles, including not more 

than 1 commercial vehicle, or open 

air parking for only 1 commercial 

vehicle. 



Home Occupation (see Section 4.3.5). 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Wall, fence, hedge, or similar enclo- 
sure. 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Storage of lobstering or fishing equip- 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


ment or any boat within or outside a 




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Community Facilities 

Church, rectory, parish house, con- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
vent or other reUgious use. 

Non-profit educational use either Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

pubhc, private or religious. 

Street, bridge, turmel. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 



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SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


Yes 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB MB LI 

Community FacUities (cont.) 

Golf course, fishing, reservations or Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

wildlife preserve. 

Cemetery 

Historical Association or Society 

Hospital or sanitarium 

Nursery school, day care center, 
day camp, or other educational use 

Sanitary land fill and other soUd No No No No No No SP 

waste facilities. 

Administrative, cultural, recreational. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
waste water treatment, water supply, 
fire, police, or other protective use 
operated by the Town or other 
governmental agency. 

Agricultural 

Agriculture, horticulture, and flori- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
culture, not including a greenhouse 
or stand for retail sale. 

Stand for retaU sale of agricultural SP SP SP Yes No Yes Yes 

or farm produce raised primarily on 

the premises, or articles of home 

manufacture from such produce, and 

ancillary products to the greenhouse 

business, such as peat or insecticides. 

Noncommercial forestry, growing of Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
crops and other vegetation, and con- 
servation of water plants and wild 
life in natural habitat. 

Raising or keeping of farm animals. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 
livestock, or poultry for use by resi- 
dents of the premises subject to 
Board of Health regulations and pro- 
vided that no noise or odor is observ- 
able at the lot lines. 

Raising of livestock, horses, poultry No No No No No No SP 

and grazing animals for commercial 

use. 



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TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Agricultural (cont.) 

Commercial stables, kennels, or No No No No No SP SP 

veterinary hospital in which all ani- 
mals, fowl, or other forms of Hfe 
are in completely enclosed buildings 
at least 200 feet from any lot line. 

Retail and Service 

Stores for the sale of goods at retail. No No No Yes SP Yes Yes 
including dry goods, food, apparel 
and accessories, furniture and home 
furnishings, small wares, and hard- 
ware. 

Restaurants serving foods or bever- 
ages from within the premises. 

- with mechanical or live enter- No No No SP SP SP SP 
tainment. 

— no mechanical or live enter- No No No Yes SP Yes SP 
tainment. 

EstabHshments seUing new and/ or No No No No No SP SP 

used automobiles and trucks, new 
automobile tires and other acces- 
sories, farm equipment, aircraft, 
motorcycles, and household trailers. 

Hotels and motels 

Trailer camp 

Lodging house for not more than 
five (5) persons other than mem- 
bers of the family. 

Funeral home or mortuary estab- SP SP SP SP No SP SP 

lishment. 

Retail sale of marina petroleum No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes 

products, fishing and boating gear, 
apparel, boats and boat trailers, and 
supplies. 

Showroom for building supplies. 

Convalescent and nursing home. 

Medical and dental offices not 
attached to the doctor's or dentist's 
residence. 



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No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No 


No 


No 


No 



No 


No 


No 


Yes No 


Yes 


Yes 


SP 


SP 


SP 


No No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


Yes No 


Yes 


Yes 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB MB LI 

Retail and Service (cont.) 

Membership club or non-profit SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

organization. 

Auto service stations and auto- No No No SP No SP SP 

motive repair garages (not includ- 
ing junkyards) 

Automotive graveyard or other No No No No No No No 

junkyard. 

Miscellaneous trade and repair No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

service and shops. 

Indoor motion picture and amuse- No No No SP SP SP Yes 

ment and recreation establishment. 

Outdoor motion picture estabUsh- No No No No No No No 

ment. 

Helicopter landing area and com- No No No No No No SP 

mercial communication towers. 

Private boat docks. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes 

Boat yards, repair and open-air No No No SP Yes Yes Yes 

sale and storage of boats, boat 
livery or marina. 

Commercial parking lot. No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

Appliance and furniture repair No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

service. 

Commercial or membership sports No No No No SP Yes Yes 

and recreational facilities. 

Miscellaneous business offices in- No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

eluding insurance and real estate. 

Personal service establishments, in- No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

eluding beauty salon, barbershop, 
tailor, etc. 

Other similar retail and service uses. No No No SP SP SP SP 

Bank with accessory drive-in No No No Yes No Yes Yes 

windows. 

Customary accessory uses. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 

Wholesale and Manufacturing 

Plant for drycleaning, cold storage or No No No No No SP Yes 
freezing, power laundry. 



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No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 



No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 



TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB HB LI 

Wholesale and Manufacturing (cont.) 
Mining or quarrying. 

Storage yard, warehouse or distribu- 
tion plant for: construction suppUes 
and equipment, firewood, building 
materials, textiles, food products, 
household supplies, and any products 
of manufacturing activities permitted 
in this District (whether or not pro- 
duced on the premises). 

Above ground storage of gas and No No No No No No No 

petroleum products. 

Printing estabUshment. 

Publishing establishment. 

Plant for manufacturing, assembling 
electrical or electronic devices, 
appliances, apparatus and supplies. 

Manufacturing plant for medical, No No No No No No Yes 

dental or drafting instruments, 
optical goods, watches or other 
precision instruments. 

Manufacturing of advertising dis- No No No No No No Yes 

plays, awnings, shades, bakery 

products, non-alcoholic beverages, 

brushes, candy, clothing or other 

textile products, jewelry, ice, leather 

goods, toys or wood products. 

Beverage bottling or food packaging No No No No No No Yes 
plant but not including meat and 
fish products. 

Light metal fabrication or refmish- No No No No No No Yes 

ing plants. 

Research, experimental or testing No No No No No No Yes 

laboratory. 

Wholesaling and manufacturing No No No No No No SP 

other durable and non-durable 

goods. 

Customary Accessory Uses Inci- No No No No No No Yes 

dental to a Permitted Main Use. 



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TABLE OF USE REGULA TIONS 

(continued) 

R-A R-B R-C DB WB MB LI 

All Uses 

Temporary structures for storage SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

of materials or equipment. 

Temporary (less than 30 days) SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 

amusement enterprise not including 
any permanent structures. 

4.3 ADDITIONAL USE REGULATIONS 

4.3.1 Uses permitted by right or by Special Permit shall be subject to 
all provisions of this Bylaw. 

4.3.2 There shall be no use of a building, structure or land in any dis- 
trict for a purpose that is injurious, dangerous, noxious, or offen- 
sive to the community by reason of the emission of odors, waste 
fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, noise, light, radiation or other 
causes. (See Section 4.3.10) 

4.3.3 The open display or open storage of junk shall be prohibited in all 
districts, including, but not limited to unregistered automobiles, 
worn out, cast off, or discarded articles and materials which are 
ready for destruction or have been stored or collected for salvage 
or conversion into some other use. 

4.3.4 Trailers — No trailer or other vehicle designed or used for living 
or office purposes, whether on wheels or otherwise, and including 
so-called 'mobile homes' shall hereafter be allowed to remain in 
the town for a total of more than thirty (30) days in any twelve 
month period except when stored; provided, however, the Board 
of Appeals may permit such use as a temporary use for a longer 
period. No 'trailer coach park,' as defined in Chapter 140 of the 
General Laws, shall be permitted in the Town. 

family dwelling in any "R" District for a home occupation: 

a) no more than one non-resident shall be employed therein at 
any given time ; 

b) not more than 40 percent of the ground floor area and not to 
exceed 500 square feet total of floor area shall be devoted to 
such use and the use is carried on strictly within the principal 
building; 

c) there shall be no display of goods, wares, or materials of the 
occupation visible from the lot line, except for the temporary 
or seasonal open-air storage of fishing boats or of fishing and 
lobstering equipment owned and used by a resident of the 
premises; 

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d) there shall be no advertising on the premises except as pro- 
vided for in Section 6.4 of this Bylaw; 

e) the buildings shall not be rendered objectionable or detrimen- 
tal to the residential character of the neighborhood due to 
their exterior appearance, and shall have no odor, gas, smoke, 
dust, noise, or electrical disturbance observable at the lot line 
and shall include no features of design not customary in resi- 
dential buildings. 

4.3.6 Enclosure of Uses 

a) In a Business District all uses permitted as of right or permis- 
sible on special authorization, and all uses accessory thereto, 
shall be conducted within a completely enclosed building, 
except the following: 

1 . Uses permitted as of right or permissible on special authori- 
zation in any Residential District. 

2. The dispensing of fuel and lubricants at an auto service 
station. 

3. The dispensing of food, beverages or goods at a drive-in or 
stand. 

4. Automobile parking lots. 

5. Boat yard, open air boat sales area, boat livery or marina. 

6. Exterior signs as herein permitted. 

7. The open display or storage of goods, products, materials or 
equipment in connection with the main use conducted in a 
completely enclosed building on the same premises, subject 
to the condition that no portion of the open use extends 
nearer to any street or lot line than the corresponding yard 
requirements specified for buildings in the same District. 

b) In a Light Industry District all uses permitted as of right or by 
Special Permit may be conducted within or without a com- 
pletely enclosed building. 

4.3.7 In all Districts, all lights and other sources of illumination 
(whether interior or exterior) and all intense lights emanating 
from operations or equipment (such as from an acetylene torch) 
shall be shielded from direct view at normal eye level. 

4.3.8 No parking for an Industrial District and no vehicular access in an 
Industrial District shall be on land that is zoned other than Indus- 
trial. Vehicular access in an Industrial District shall be over a pub- 
lic way. 

4.3.9 New public ways and ways into the Light Industry District shall 
be constructed in accordance with the latest Land Subdivision 
Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board of the Town of 
Cohasset, Massachusetts. 



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4.3.10 The following regulations apply to manufacturing or other indus- 
trial use of any lot in the Light Industry District: 

1 . the proposed uses shall not emit any smoke of a shade darker 
than No. 2 on the Ringlemann Smoke Chart as published by 
the U.S. Bureau of Mines; 

2. no air pollution particle concentrations shall exceed 0.3 grains 
per cubic foot ; 

3. inflammable or radioactive Uquids shall be stored according to 
the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Adminis- 
tration standards; 

4. the discharge of wastes shall be into a system subject to the 
written approval of the Cohasset Board of Health and/or 
Sewer Commissioners; 

5. 'vibration shall not exceed the safe range of Table 7, U.S. Bu- 
reau of Mines; 

6. there shall be no unusual or objectionable odor or noise and 
no direct or sky reflected glare shall be permitted. 

SECTION 5 - AREA REGULATIONS 

5 . 1 APPLICABILITY OF AREA REGULATIONS 

The regulations for each district pertaining to lot area and dimensions shall 
be specified in this Section and set forth in the Table of Area Regulations, 
and shall be subject to further provisions of this Section. 

5.2 GENERAL PROVISIONS 

5.2.1 All requirements for area or dimensions must be fulfilled exclu- 
sive of any part of a lot below mean high water (9.5 on 0.0 
datum). 

5.2.2 For the purposes of determining setback requirements both yards 
of either a through or corner lot that front on a street shall be 
considered front yards on the street on which they are located. 

5.2.3 A legal service driveway shall have a minimum width of 12 feet. 

5.2.4 Frontage shall be measured at the street line. On corner and 
through lots frontage shalLbe measured on one street only. 

5.2.5 Building within the Flood Plain or Watershed Protection Districts 
shall be subject to Section 9. 

5.2.6 In this Section, the required setback distance shall be measured 
from the nearest exterior side line of the street in question; pro- 
vided, however, that where the street has a right-of-way width of 
less than forty (40) feet the setback distance shall be measured 
from a line on the lot twenty feet from and parallel to the center 
line of said street. 



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5.2.7 A fence, hedge, wall or other enclosing structure within the lot 
lines may be maintained on a corner lot, provided that it shall 
not, at intersecting streets, obstruct visual clearance between 
three (3) feet and ten (10) feet above the grade of the street in 
the area formed by the curb lines and a straight line joining said 
curb lines at points which are twenty-five (25) feet measured 
from the intersection of the curb lines. Where curbs do not exist, 
the lines shall be where such curb would be required if built. 

5.2.8 No open storage or display of goods, products, materials or equip- 
ment, no gasoline pump, vending machine or similar commercial 
device and, except for a flag, utiHty, light pole, or mail box, no 
other structure over five (5) feet in height shall be located nearer 
to the exterior line of any street than either fifteen (15) feet or 
the permitted setback distance for a building on the lot, which- 
ever distance is lesser. 

5.2.9 No lot in any district on which a building is placed shall be re- 
duced or changed in size or shape; nor the building moved or 
changed so that the building or lot fails to comply with the lot 
area, frontage, coverage, setback, yard or other provisions of this 
Bylaw apphcable to said lot or to the construction of such build- 
ing on said lot, except: 

1 . when a portion of a lot is taken or conveyed for a pubHc pur- 
pose ; or 

2. when pursuant to Statute a lot is divided on which more than 
one dwelling not abandoned is in existence prior to July 1, 
1955, so that one such dwelling is on each lot resulting from 
such division. 

5 .3 TABLE OF AREA REGULATIONS 

The Table of Area Regulations that follows together with the Notes (5.4) 
are part of this Bylaw. 



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5.4 TABLE OF AREA REGULATIONS NOTES 

5.4.1 In a DB or WB District, the Required Side Yard shaU be 10 feet 
unless the wall adjoining a side lot line be either a party wall or, if 
adjoining another lot in the same district, a wall with its outer 
face coincident with said line. 

5.4.2 Side yard regulations in the DB District and rear yard depth regu- 
lations in LI District shall not apply where said regulations apply 
to yards abutting a railroad right-of-way. 

5.4.3 In any district except for the HB or LI Districts, an exception 
from setback requirements may be made for a building con- 
structed as near to the line of any street as the average of the set- 
backs of the dweUings or other main buildings nearest thereto on 
either side of the building in question, unless such side building is 
more than two hundred feet from the building in question. In 
such case, the intervening space shall be considered as though 
occupied by a main building having the required setback (whether 
or not said space is laid out as a separate lot). 

5.4.4 Notwithstanding the foregoing, in a R-C District if: 

(i) a lot contains an area exceeding 120,000 square feet (ex- 
clusive of any part below mean high water or 

(ii) lots adjacent to one or more said lots are owned by the 
same owners in an identical manner and contain an aggre- 
gate area exceeding 120,000 square feet (exclusive of any 
parts of said lots below mean high water), 

The requirement that each lot must contain at least 30,000 
square feet is varied to the extent that so long as no lot or sub- 
divided lot may contain less than 20,000 square feet if the aver- 
age size of the areas of all of the lots contained in a subdivision 
plan of said lot or of said adjacent lots, shall amount to at least 
30,000 square feet (exclusive of ways and roads). 

5.4.5 A basement or cellar, to be inhabited as a dwelling unit, must 
have the ceiling not less than five (5) feet above the average eleva- 
tion of the land immediately surrounding the building foundation 
wall. 

5.4.6 In conversion to a dwelling for more than one family, no full 
dwelling unit shall be located above the second floor. 

SECTION 6 - SIGN REGULATIONS 

6.1 ADMINISTRATION 

6.1 .1 No sign (except a Posting or an Identification Sign not exceeding 
two square feet in area attached to a residence or in the front 
yard) shall be erected, altered, or relocated without a Building 



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Permit. The Building Inspector may require a drawing and other 
pertinent information before issuing a permit. 

6.1.2 Removal of new signs: The Building Inspector shall order removal 
of any new signs which do not conform to this Bylaw. 

6.1.3 The Building Inspector shall order the removal of abandoned 
signs which shall be done by the owner or tenant of the estabhsh- 
ment to which it designates. Penalties shall be enforced according 
to Section 6.1 .5 of this Bylaw. 

6.1.4 All signs, whether erected before or after the effective date of this 
Bylaw shall be maintained in a safe condition to the satisfaction 
of the Building Inspector. 

6.1 .5 Penalties: Whosoever violates any provision of this Section or any 
lawful order of the Building Inspector shall be punished by a fme 
of SlOO per day, each day being a separate offense. Monies de- 
rived from such penalties shall be for use of the Town. 

6.2 SIGNS PERMITTED IN ALL DISTRICTS 

6.2.1 Sheet Banners: Sheet banners or temporary signs advertising a 
public entertainment, charitable, religious, or educational event 
which has been specifically approved by the Selectmen, and on 
issuance of a permit by the Building Inspector, may be displayed 
in locations approved by the Building Inspector 14 days prior to 
and 7 days after the event. 

6.2.2 Temporary Signs: Permits for temporary accessory or business 
signs may be issued by the Building Inspector for thirty (30) days 
and may be renewed for one additional thirty (30) day period. 

6.2.3 Existing signs: Any lawful sign existing before enactment of this 
Bylaw may be continued, although such signs may not conform 
to this Section. If there is an expiration of a special permit issued 
by the Board of Appeals after date of adoption of this Bylaw, 
such sign must be made to conform to the provisions herein or be 
removed. 

6.3 SIGNS PROHIBITED IN ALL DISTRICTS 

6.3.1 Accessory signs which advertise an activity, business, product, or 
service no longer produced or conducted on the premises upon 
which the sign is located are prohibited. No such sign shall remain 
in place in or on vacated premises for more than 30 days from the 
day of vacancy. Penalties pursuant to Section 6.1.5 will be en- 
forced thereafter. 

6.3.2 Temporary or permanent political, special promotion signs, pen- 
nants, streamers, ribbons, spinners, other moving devices, strings 
of lights, or other similar devices are prohibited. 

6.3.3 Signs which have blinking, flashing, or fluttering lights or other 
illuminating devices which have a changing light intensity, bright- 



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ness, or color, and fluorescent, exposed gaseous tube type, and 
neon signs are prohibited. This appHes whether sign is exterior to 
a building or designed to be visible through a door or window. 

6.3.4 Signs illuminated by other than a stationary white or off-white 
steady light are prohibited. No illumination shall be permitted 
which casts glare into any portion of any street or residential 
premises. 

6.3.5 Signs which are pasted or attached to a utility pole, tree, fence, or 
other signs or structures which are on or over pubHc or private 
ways are prohibited except for legal posting of private property 
(e.g., no hunting, trespassing). 

6.3.6 Mechanically active signs are prohibited. 

6.3.7 Signs painted directly on a wall, rock, tree, or pole are prohibited. 

6.3.8 Movable or portable signs such as those used in connection with 
gas filling stations, automobile dealers, and garage activities are 
prohibited, except for the normal business signs used on trucks 
and other commercial vehicles which are legally parked at a 
premises. 

6.3.9 Signs which obstruct visibility in such a way as to constitute a 
hazard to safe travelling on a pubhc way are prohibited. 

6.3.10 No sign shall extend above the main roof line of the building to 
which it is fastened. 

6.3.11 No non-conforming sign shall be altered unless such alteration 
makes it a conforming sign. Repainting and repair shall not be 
considered alterations. 

-6.3.12 No sign, other than residential signs, shall be illuminated between 
the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except that if a business 
or office is open to the pubUc after 10:00 p.m., the sign may be 
illuminated until closing. 

6.3.13 No billboard or sign of a general advertising nature which does 
not pertain to a building, structure, or use on the same premises 
as the location of such sign shall be permitted within the Town. 

6.4 REGULATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS 

Signs shall be permitted in residential districts which comply with the fol- 
lowing regulations : 

6.4.1 All signs shall be accessory signs except temporary signs. 

6.4.2 Decorative devices shall be permitted. 

6.4.3 No signs greater than two square feet in area shall be placed 
within 1 5 feet of property lot line unless attached to a building, 
except signs pertaining to sale or lease of property. 

6.4.4 No sign in a residential area shall exceed 6 square feet. 



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6.4.5 Not more than two signs, each not more than six feet in area, in- 
dicating the home occupation or activity being lawfully con- 
ducted on the premises. 

6.4.6 One unlighted temporary sign not over six square feet in area per- 
taining to the sale or lease or construction or repair of the 
premises. 

6.4.7 Non-accessory signs are prohibited in Residential Districts, ex- 
cept as provided for in Section 6. 

6.5 REGULATIONS IN BUSINESS AND LIGHT INDUSTRY DISTRICTS 

Signs in Business and Light Industry Districts shall comply with the fol- 
lowing requirements. 

6.5.1 One accessory sign for each tenant, attached flat against the wall 
of a building, provided that such sign shall not exceed 25 square 
feet in area per tenant and total sign area shall not exceed ten per- 
cent of the area of the wall. 

6.5.2 One other sign not over forty (40) square feet in area for each 
multiple of two hundred (200) feet of lot frontage on the princi- 
pal street; one such sign shall be permitted on a lot having a front- 
age of less than two hundred (200) feet. 

6.5.3 One directory of the estabUshment occupying a building at each 
public entrance to the building. Such directory shall not exceed 
an area determined on the basis of one (1) square foot for each 
establishment occupying the premises. 

6.5.4 All accessory signs in Highway Business and Light Industry Dis- 
tricts shall be located not less than fifteen (15) feet from the 
property Une not to exceed 20 feet in height. 

6.5.5 This section shall not apply to signs used exclusively for munici- 
pal or pubhc transportation. 

6.5.6 Unlighted directional signs not exceeding one square foot each in 
area pertaining to permitted buildings and uses of premises other 
than dwellings and their afccessory uses. 

SECTION 7 - OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS 

7. 1 OFF-STREET PARKING, LOADING AND DRIVEWAY 

In any district, if a structure is constructed or enlarged, or an existing use 
is enlarged or changed, or the dimensions of a lot are changed, off-street 
parking and loading spaces shall be provided in accordance with the , 
following Table of Off -Street Parking Standards. 



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7.1 TABLE OF OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS 



Use 

a. Dwelling except dwelling in 
business district for more 
than one family. 

b. Dwelling in business district 
for occupancy by more 
than one family. 



c. Convalescent and nursing 
homes, hotels and motels, 
public housing, and other 
places with sleeping accom- 
modations. 

d. Hospitals and sanitoriums. 



c. and d. 

e. Meeting halls, auditoriums, 
private clubs and lodges, 
funeral homes, restaurants 
and all similar eating and 
drinking establishments, 
theatres, bowling alleys 
and other amusements, bus 
depots and other passenger 
terminals, other places of 
public assembly. 

f. Libraries and museums. 

g. Offices, stores, other busi- 
ness estabhshments, includ- 
ing showrooms, consumer 
service establishments, 
public banks and other 
monetary institutions, 
automotive repair shops 
and service stations. 

h. Warehouses, distribution 
plants, truck terminals, 
printing and publishing 
establishments, laboratories, 
power laundries, dry clean- 
ing plants, manufacturing 
and processing plants, and 
other storage, manufacturing 
and industrial buildings. 



Number of Parking Spaces 
Required per Unit 



2 spaces per unit. 



\Vi space per unit on same or contiguous lot in 
common ownership subject to covenant to 
assure permanent use for off-street parking, as 
the Board of Appeals deems adequate. 

1 space for each sleeping room for single or 
double occupancy, or where not divided into 
such rooms (as in a dormitory) one space for 
each two (2) beds. 

1 space for each sleeping room for single or 
double occupancy, or where not divided into 
such rooms (as in a dormitory) one space for 
each two (2) beds. 

1 space for each 4 employees on the largest 
shift. 

1 space for each three (3) seats; or where 
benches are used, one space for each six (6) 
lineal feet of bench; where no fixed seats are 
used (as in a terminal), one space per eighty 
(80) square feet of pubUc floor area. 



1 space per 200 square feet of public floor area. 

1 space for each hundred (100) square feet of 
net floor area. 



One space for each 500 square feet of gross 
floor area. 



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7.1 TABLE OF OFF-STREET PARKING STANDARDS 

(continued) 

Number of Parking Spaces 
Use Required per Unit 

i. Nursery schools, veterinary Sufficient parking spaces to accommodate 

hospitals, golf courses, under all normal conditions the cars of occu- 

farm stands, drive-ins, open- pants, employees, members, customers, clients 

air storage yards and sales or visitors of the premises, as the case may be. 
lots, and for all other per- 
mitted or permissible uses. 

j. Mixed uses. Number of parking spaces shall be calculated 

separately for each use. 

k. Stores, offices and other None, providing that the legal walking distance 

lawful uses, except resi- between the nearest designated parking space in 

dences, in the vicinity of said lot and the main pedestrian entrance of the 

the municipal parking lot store, office or other use does not exceed 500 

located off Main Street in feet, 
the Cohasset business 
center. 

7.2 GENERAL PARKING AND LOADING REGULATIONS 

7.2.1 Accessory parking or loading spaces that are maintained in any 
district in connection with an existing use on the effective date of 
this Bylaw shall hereafter be maintained so long as the use con- 
tinues, unless an equivalent number of parking or loading spaces 
is constructed elsewhere conforming to the requirements of these 
regulations. 

7.2.2 When units of measurements that determine the number of re- 
quired parking or loading spaces result in a requirement of a frac- 
tional space, a fraction over one-half shall require one parking or 
loading space. 

7.2.3 The required parking spaces for all uses except dwelUngs in busi- 
ness district for occupancy by more than one family shall be pro- 
vided either on the same premises with the parking generator, or 
on any premises associated therewith. The walking distance be- 
tween the farthest point of the parking areas and the main pedes- 
trian entrance to the building or use in question shall not exceed 
five hundred (500) feet, except that in the case of parking space 
for employees only, the distance may be increased to one thou- 
sand (1,000) feet. Such walking distance shall be only over land 
owned or controlled by the parking generator or over a public 
way. When the required parking spaces are not immediately 
adjacent to the parking generator, directional signs to the parking 
spaces must be posted. Such signs shall conform with Section 6. 

7.2.4 Where required parking spaces are provided not adjacent to the 
lot on which the use or structure they are intended to serve is 



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located, such spaces shall be in the same ownership as the prop- 
erty occupied by the use or structure to which the parking spaces 
are accessory. If both the structure and the parking area are 
leased, the period of time of the parking area lease shall be the 
same as the structure lease. 

7.2.5 When loading spaces are necessary they shall in all cases be on the 
same lot as the use they are intended to serve. In no case shall the 
required loading spaces be part of the area used to satisfy the 
parking requirements of this Bylaw. 

7.2.6 Parking spaces for one use shall not be considered as providing 
the required parking facilities for any other use except as 
authorized by the Board of Appeals where it is clearly demon- 
strated that the need for parking occurs at different times. 

7.2.7 All parking and loading spaces required under this Bylaw shall be 
built and must be inspected by the Building Inspector. No occu- 
pancy permits shall be granted until said parking and loading 
facilities have been approved by the Building Inspector. 

7.2.8 Parking space shall be deemed inadequate if, when the off-street 
parking area is substantially full, there is frequent parking on the 
street near the premises in question. 

7.2.9 All parking spaces and aisles shall be designed in accordance with 
the chart on Page 31 of this Bylaw. 

7.3 PARKING AND LOADING SPACE STANDARDS 

7.3.1 All parking or loading areas containing over five (5) spaces shall 
be subject to the following: 

a) Within a Residential District such parking areas shall be placed 
at least 25 feet from all street and lot lines. 

b) Within a residential district, such area shall be effectively 
screened wherever visible at normal eye level from any point 
within 50 feet of the lot line on an abutting lot also in a resi- 
dential district. 

c) The area and access driveways thereto shall be surfaced with a 
durable and dustless material and shall be constructed so that 
all surface water drains rapidly to a Planning Board approved 
system. 

d) Any fixture used to illuminate an area shall be so arranged as 
to direct the light away from the street and away from adjoin- 
ing premises used for residential purposes. 

7.3.2 Any parking area shall also be subject to the following: 

a) There shall be no vehicle parking or loading spaces within 
five (5) feet of any front, side or rear lot line. 



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b) There shall be no vehicle repair facilities, or storage of material 
or equipment within parking areas. 

c) Parking shall not be located within the required front yard 
area in any "R" District. However, access driveways may be 
located within the required front yard areas. 

d) Parking and loading spaces shall be so arranged so as not to 
require backing of vehicles onto any street. 

7.3.3 Any non-residential driveway shall be subject to the following: 

a) No portion of any entrance or exit driveway to the area shall 
be closer than 150 feet to the centerline of a street intersect- 
ing the street servicing the entrance or driveway. No more than 
two driveways shall serve one area. 

b) No point of any two driveways leading from a street to a single 
area shall be within 50 feet of each other at their intersections 
with the front lot line. 

c) No entrance or exit driveway shall exceed 20 feet in width ex- 
cept for a suitable radius of curvature at the entrance. 

SECTION 8 - NON-CONFORMING USES, STRUCTURES AND LOTS 

8.1 APPLICATION OF NON-CONFORMITY 

The provisions of this Section shall apply to all districts as estabUshed by 
this Bylaw and as amended. 

8.2 BUILDINGS AND USES ALREADY IN EXISTENCE 

a) Any lawful building, structure or use lawfully existing or lawfully be- 
gun or authorized under any special permit or building permit issued 
before the first publication of notice of the pubUc hearing on this By- 
law, which does not conform to the provisions hereof, may be con- 
tinued without expansion unless and until abandoned. When aban- 
doned, all future structures and uses shall conform to this Bylaw. 

b) Construction or operations authorized under such a pre-notice building 
or special permit shall conform to this Bylaw unless the use or con- 
struction is commenced within six months after the issuance of the per- 
mit, and in cases involving construction, unless such construction is 
continued through to completion as continuously and expeditiously 
as is reasonable. 

8.3 SINGLE LOT EXEMPTION 

Notwithstanding the lot regulations hereof, a detached one-family dwelling 
or other lawful building may be constructed on a lot having less than the 
required area, width, depth and/or frontage (provided that all other pro- 
visions of this Bylaw are complied with) if: 

a) Such lot is exempted from such requirements by Chapter 40A, Section 
6, of the General Laws of the Commonwealth; or 



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b) Such lot, on or before the effective date of the requirements in ques- 
tion : 

i. was lawfully laid out by plan or deed duly recorded in the Nor- 
folk Registry of Deeds, or registered in the Registry District 
of the Land Court, 

ii. was in conformity with the area, width and frontage provisions 
of the Zoning Bylaw, if any, appHcable to the construction of 
such a dwelling or other building on said lot at the time of such 
registration or recording, and 

iii. was, on said effective date, held in ownership separate from that 
of adjoining land, or if held in ownership the same as that of 
adjoining land, had an area of not less than: 

a. 9,000 square feet in RA district 

b. 15,000 square feet in RB district 

c. 20,000 square feet in RC district; or, 

c) Was shown on a definitive subdivision plan duly approved by the 
Cohasset Planning Board and was in conformity with the area, width, 
and frontage provisions of the Zoning Bylaw appHcable at the time of 
such approval to the construction of such a dwelUng or other building 
on said lot. 

DEFINITIVE PLAN EXEMPTION 

If a definitive plan or a preliminary plan followed within seven months 
with a definitive plan is submitted to the Planning Board for approval 
under the subdivision control law, the land shown on such plan shall be 
governed by the Zoning Bylaw in effect at the time of submission while 
such plan is being processed, and if such plan is finally approved, for five 
years from the date of endorsement of such approval, except in the case 
where such plan was submitted or submitted and approved before January 
1, 1976, for seven years from the date of endorsement of such approval. 

SUBDIVISION APPROVAL NOT REQUIRED EXEMPTION 

When a plan referred to Section 8 IP of Chapter 41 has been submitted to 
the Planning Board and written notice of such submission has been given 
to the Town Clerk, the use of the land shown on such plan shall be gov- 
erned by applicable provisions of the Zoning Bylaw in effect at the time of 
the submission of such plan while such plan is being processed under the 
subdivision control law including the time required to pursue or await the 
determination of an appeal referred to in said section, and for a period of 
three years from the date of endorsement by the Planning Board that 
approval under the subdivision control law is not required, or words of 
similar import. 

EFFECTIVE DATE 

For the purpose of this Section 8, the '^effective date" of the lot area regu- 
lations established by the Zoning Bylaw as first adopted, shall be July 1, 



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1955 and the "effective date" of any lot area regulations subsequently 
established shall be the date of notice of the hearing before the Planning 
Board on the amendment in question, according to Chapter 40A of the 
General Laws of the Commonwealth as amended. 

8.7 EXTENSION AND ALTERATION 

The Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit extension of a non- 
conforming use of a building, structure or land; or structural alteration or 
enlargement of a non-conforming building, provided that the Board finds 
that such extension, alteration or enlargement: 

a) Shall not be substantially more detrimental than the existing non- 
conforming use to the neighborhood. 

b) Will not be injurious or dangerous to the pubUc health or hazardous be- 
cause of traffic congestion or other reasons. 

8.8 CHANGE OF NON-CONFORMING USE 

The Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit a non-conforming 
use of a building, structure, or land, to be changed to a specified use not 
substantially different in character (or in its effect on the vicinity) pro- 
vided that it finds that such change shall not be substantially more detri- 
mental than the existing, non-conforming use to the neighborhood. 

8.9 RESTORATION OF NON-CONFORMING BUILDINGS 

A building or structure devoted to a non-conforming use (whether in 
whole or in part) and a building or structure non-conforming as to height, 
setback, yards or other provisions, may, if damaged, destroyed or torn 
down, be repaired or reconstructed within the same portion of the lot and 
used as before, provided that such repair or reconstruction is substantially 
completed within three years for residential and two years for business 
uses, of the date of the damage, destruction or razing. 

8.10 TEMPORARY STRUCTURE 

In any district the Board of Appeals may authorize by special permit a 
temporary building or structure not in conformity with the provisions of 
this Bylaw, provided that such peijnit will not be detrimental or injurious 
to persons, property or improvements in the vicinity and the Town. Such 
authorization shall not be for more than one year nor be extended. 

SECTION 9 - SPECIAL FLOOD PLAIN 

AND WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT 

9.1 PURPOSES 

9.1.1 To protect persons and property from the hazards of flooding 
and pollution. 

9.1.2 To protect, preserve, and maintain the water table and water re- 
charge areas within the Town so as to preserve and protect the 
water supplies of the Town and adjacent towns. 



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9.1.3 To assure the continuation of the natural flow patterns of the 
water courses within the Town in order to provide adequate and 
safe water storage and runoff capacity. 

9.2 LOCATION 

The Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District is located as shown on 
a plan entitled "Cohasset Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District, 
January, 1975, prepared by Richardson and Kahshes", Land Use Consul- 
tants, as revised by Gale Engineering, Inc., November, 1976 (hereinafter 
referred to as the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection Map) and filed in 
the office of the Town Clerk, which plan, together with all explanatory 
matter thereon and amendments thereto, is hereby incorporated by ref- 
erence and made a part of this Bylaw. 

9.3 RELATION TO DISTRICTS 

For the purposes of this Bylaw the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection 
District shall be considered as superimposed on the other districts shown 
on the Zoning Map and any building, structure, use, or land included 
within the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection shall also be deemed to 
be within the particular district or districts in which it is located, as shown 
on the Zoning Map, and shall be subject to all the restrictions and regula- 
tions of said particular district or districts in addition to those set forth in 
this Section. 

9.4 BOUNDARIES 

The location of the boundary lines of the Flood Plain and Watershed Pro- 
tection District as shown on the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection 
Map shall be determined in the same manner as hereinbefore set forth in 
Section 3.3 for determining the location of boundary lines of the districts 
shown on the Zoning Map. 

9.5 ALLOWED USES 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the following uses are 
permitted as a matter of right: 

9.5.1 Conservation of soil, water, plants, and wildlife (including wildlife 
shelters). 

9.5.2 Proper operation and maintenance of dams and other water con- 
trol devices for pubhc water supplies, agricultural, recreational, 
flood control, or maintenance purposes, or for the propagation of 
fish or shellfish. 

9.5.3 Outdoor recfeation including, but not necessarily limited to, 
boating, golfing, fishing, hunting, nature study, and bicycle and 
horseback riding (including estabUshment and maintenance of 
paths therefor). 

9.5.4 Fishing, shellfishing, forestry, grazing, farming, gardening, nur- 
series, truck gardening, and harvesting of crops including, but not 



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limited to, such crops as cranberries, marsh hay, seaweed, sea- 
moss, berries, fruits, and seeds. 

9.5.5 Salt marsh ditch maintenance under governmental authority for 
Mosquito Control. 

9.5.6 The creation, construction, alteration, enlargement, maintenance 
and proper use of dams, reservoirs, water control structures, 
water treatment storage, pumping and transmission facilities to- 
gether with appropriate incidental structures, offices, and build- 
ings and works for public water supply purposes and under the 
control and management of any Federal, State, or Municipal 
agency, all as may be permitted by general or special laws of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts and not withstanding the fact 
that any of the same may temporarily or permanently alter 
(1) the water level, (2) the nature of flood storage capacity, and 
(3) the natural flow of water within the district. 

9.5.7 Public Parks and incidental recreation uses. 

9.5.8 Soil observation tests, percolation tests, and other such tests, pro- 
vided site is restored to original condition. 

9.6 SPECIAL PERMIT REQUIRED 

9.6.1 In a Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District, no building or 
structure shall be constructed, used, erected, altered, or otherwise 
placed or moved for any purpose, and no land shall be filled, ex- 
cavated, or otherwise changed in grade, except as permitted by 
Section 9.5 Allowed Uses, or pursuant to a special permit there- 
fore issued by the Board of Appeals as hereinafter provided. 

9.6.2 Any application for such special permit shall be submitted to the 
Board of Appeals. The application, except as hereinafter provided 
shall be accompanied by a plan of the premises in question, sub- 
mitted in quadruplicate, showing: (1) the boundaries and dimen- 
sions of the lot; (2) the location, dimensions, and elevations of 
existing and proposed structures, buildings, driveways, sewage 
disposal systems, and watercourses thereon; (3) the existing con- 
tours of the land at one foot intervals referred to mean sea level 
datum certified by a registered professional engineer or land sur- 
veyor and any proposed changes therefrom; and (4) such other 
information as is deemed necessary by the Board of Appeals to 
indicate the complete physical characteristics of the proposed 
construction and/or grading. The Board of Appeals, upon written 
request prior to the submissions of an application, may then or 
thereafter waive or modify the specifications for the plan which 
accompanies an application, provided that the plan as proposed 
in such request or accepted by the Board contains sufficient in- 
formation to indicate the complete physical characteristics of the 
proposed construction and/or grading. 



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9.7 SPECIAL PERMIT USES 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the Board of Appeals 
may authorize by special permit, subject to such conditions as it may 
impose under Section 9.9 of this Section, the following uses or structures: 

9.7.1 Footbridges and plank walks so long as the walking surfaces do 
not exceed eighteen (18) inches in width; 

9.7.2 PubHc sewer facilities and public solid waste disposal areas (in- 
cluding structures incidental to said facilities and areas); 

9.7.3 Temporary storage of materials and/or equipment for a period or 
periods not to exceed 90 days in each instance; 

9.7.4 Dams, excavations, or changes in water courses to create ponds, 
pools, or private reservoirs for agriculture, fishing, wildhfe, or 
recreational uses, drainage improvements and flood control, not 
otherwise permitted as a matter of right; 

9.7.5 Non-residential structures incidental to any of the uses allowed 
under Section 9.5 of this section, provided, however, that the 
same do not exceed 20 feet in height or 200 square feet in total 
ground coverage and that the water quality or natural drainage 
pattern of any water course is not adversely affected thereby; 

9.7.6 The construction and maintenance of a driveway of minimum 
legal and practical width where alternative means of access from a 
public way are unavailable ; 

9.7.7 The installation and maintenance of underground utiUties pro- 
vided the area affected is restored substantially to its original con- 
dition ; and 

9.7.8 Any other construction, movement, or placement of a building or 
structure, filling, excavation, or changing in grade, provided that 
it is shown by affirmative evidence that: 

a) The land is not subject to flooding or wave damage or unsuit- 
able for the proposed use because of drainage conditions; 

b) The land, if subject to tidal action or adjacent to tidal waters, 
is ten feet above mean sea level; 

c) The proposed construction, use and/or change in grade will 
not obstruct or divert flood flow or reduce natural flood stor- 
age capacity to the extent of substantially raising the high 
water level in the same or adjoining districts; 

d) The proposed system of drainage and/or private sewage dis- 
posal will not cause pollution or otherwise endanger property 
or the public health; and 

e) The proposed use of the land does not derogate substantially 
from the purposes of the Flood Plain and Watershed Protec- 
tion District as set forth above or the purposes of this Bylaw. 



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9.8 REFERENCE TO OTHER BOARDS 

Within seven (7) days after receipt of the appHcation for a special permit 
under this section the Board of Appeals shall transmit copies thereof, to- 
gether with copies of the accompanying plans to the Board of Health, the 
Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission. All such Boards, shall 
investigate the application and report in writing their recommendations 
to the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals shall not take final action 
on such application until it has received a report thereon from the Board 
of Health, Plarming Board, and the Conservation Commission or until said 
Boards have allowed thirty -five (35) days to elapse after receipt of such 
application without submission of a report. 

9.9 CONDITIONS OF PERMIT 

In granting a special permit under this Section, the Board of Appeals shall 
impose conditions specially designed to safeguard the property, health, 
and safety of occupants of the premises and of other land, and to insure 
conformity with the purposes of this Section and this Bylaw, which may 
include conditions as to: (a) placement of building or structure, (b) type 
of foundation, (c) elevation of floors, (d) method of anchoring building to 
foundation, (e) design of drainage system and private sewage disposal sys- 
tem, (f) area and depth of any excavation, (g) area, depth, and composi- 
tion of any fill, (h) occupancy of building, and (i) certification of per- 
formance by a registered professional engineer or land surveyor. 

9.10 LOT AREA REQUIREMENTS 

Where any portion of a lot lies within the Flood Plain and Watershed Pro- 
tection District, that portion may be used to satisfy the area and frontage 
requirements for the district in which the lot is situated, provided, how- 
ever, (1) that areas greater than five feet in breadth which are covered by 
water or subject to tidal flow shall not be included to satisfy said area or 
frontage requirements, and (2) that areas covered by water in any part of a 
year shall not comprise more than fifteen (15) percent of the required lot 
area. 

9.1 1 EXTENSIONS, ENLARGEMENTS OR ALTERATIONS OF 
NON-CONFORMING BUILDING OR USE - 
RESTORATION OF NON-CONFORMING BUILDING 

In the Flood Plain and Watershed Protection District the Board of Appeals 
may authorize by special permit an extension, enlargement, restoration, 
or alteration of a non -conforming use of a building, structure, or land, 
provided (1) that the restrictions and regulations contained in this Section 
9 shall apply in addition to the provisions of Section 8.6 and 8.8 and (2) 
that the ground area coverage of any building or structure on the lot as of 
the effective date of this Section 9 is not increased by more than 300 
square feet or twenty (20) percent, whichever is greater, by any alterations 
or enlargements. 



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SECTION 10 - REGULATIONS GOVERNING EARTH REMOVAL 

10.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS 

Earth materials, including soil, loam, sand, gravel or stone shall not be re- 
moved from any premises within the Town unless such removal will con- 
stitute an exempt operation as hereinafter provided. For purposes of this 
Section, the term "premises" shall have the meaning set forth in "Def- 
initions" and also shall include more than one lot if all said lots are: 

a) adjacent to one or more said lots; and 

b) owned by the same owner or owners in an identical manner. 

10.2 EXEMPT OPERATIONS 

The removal of earth material in any of the following operations shall be 
an exempt operation: 

a) the removal bf not more than ten (10) cubic yards of material in the ag- 
gregate in any year from one premises; 

b) the transfer of material from one part of a premises to another part of 
the same premises; 

c) the removal of material from land in use by the Town or other govern- 
mental agency; 

d) the removal of material necessarily excavated in connection with the 
lawful construction of a building, structure, sewage system or other 
utility, provided that the quantity of material removed does not exceed 
that actually displaced by the portion of the building, structure, road, 
driveway, sidewalk or path below finished grade. 

SECTION 1 1 - ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT 

11.1 EXECUTION 

The Building Inspector appointed by the Board of Selectmen shall enforce 
the provisions of this Bylaw as hereinafter provided. 

11.1.1 No buildings or structures shall be constructed, externally altered, 
or changed in use in the Town without a building permit from the 
Building Inspector. 

11.1.2 The Building Inspector shall withhold such a permit unless such 
construction, alteration or proposed use is in conformity with all 
the provisions of this Bylaw. 

11.1.3 Where a special permit from or variance by the Board of Appeals 
is required or Site Plan approval is required by the Planning 
Board, the Building Inspector shall issue no building permit ex- 
cept in accordance with the written decision of the respective 
Board. 

11.1.4 The status of previously approved permits shall be as determined 
by the Zoning Act, Chapter 40A. 



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11.1.5 Any structure or lot for which a permit is required shall not be 
used or occupied until the owner appUes for and receives from 
the Building Inspector a certificate of use and occupancy. 

1 1 .1 .6 Fees may be estabhshed from time to time. 
11.2 ENFORCEMENT 

11.2.1 The Building Inspector shall make an investigation of an alleged 
violation of any provision of this Bylaw or any permit or decision 
thereunder and such investigation may include inspection of the 
premises where such violations may exist. 

11.2.2 Where written complaint is made, the Building Inspector shall 
take action upon such complaint within fourteen (14) days of the 
receipt thereof, and he shall notify in writing the party making 
the written complaint of his action or nonaction and the reasons 
therefore. 

11.2.3 If the Building Inspector finds no violation or prospective viola- 
tion, any person aggrieved by the decision, any regional planning 
agency, or any person, officer, or board of the Town or any abut- 
ting city or town may within thirty (30) days of the date of said 
decision appeal to the Board of Appeals. 

11.2.4 The Building Inspector shall give immediate notice in writing to 
the owner and to any occupants of the premises if a violation is 
found. Such notice shall order the violator to cease and desist and 
refrain from such violation within a specified period of time. Any 
person aggrieved by this decision or any officer or Board of the 
Town may within thirty (30) days of such decision appeal to the 
Board of Appeals. 

1 1.2.5 If, after such order, the violation continues and no appeal to the 
Board of Appeals is taken within thirty (30) days of such order, 
the Building Inspector shall forthwith make appUcation to the 
Superior Court for an injunction restraining the violation and 
shaU take such other action as is necessary to enforce the pro- 
visions of this Bylaw. 

11.2.6 If, after action by the Building Inspector, appeal is taken to the 
Board of Appeals, and after a pubHc hearing, the Board of Ap- 
peals finds that there has been a violation or prospective viola- 
tion, the Building Inspector shall issue an order to cease and 
desist and refrain from such violation within a specified period of 
time, unless such order has been previously issued under Section 
11.2.4. 

1 1 .2.7 If such violation then continues, the Building Inspector shall take 
such action as may be necessary to enforce this Bylaw. 

1 1 .2.8 Any owner who, having been served with a cease and desist notice 
and who ceases any work or activity, shall not leave any structure 



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or lot in a condition that is a hazard or menace to the public 
safety, health or general welfare. The Building Inspector shall 
have the power to require that premises be put in safe condition 
or such condition that (s)he directs to bring them into conform- 
ity with this Bylaw. 

11 .2.9 Any order directing the discontinuance of an unlawful action, use 
or condition and the abatement of violation may contain a stipu- 
lation specifying a time Hmit for sucfi order to be carried out. 

11.2.10 Nothing herein shall preclude any officer or citizen from taking 
any other lawful action to prevent violation of this Bylaw. 

11.2.11 A penalty of one hundred dollars ($100) per violation shall be 
assessed, and each 24 hour period such violation continues shall 
constitute a separate offense. 

11.3 BOARD OF APPEALS 

11.3.1 Appointment 

There shall be a Board of Appeals of three (3) members and two 
(2) associate members, appointed by the Board of Selectmen as 
provided in Chapter 40A of the General Laws, as amended. 

Said Board shall have all the powers and duties of boards of 
appeals under said Chapter and in addition all the powers and 
duties herein prescribed. 

11.3.2 Appeals 

Appeals to the Board of Appeals may be taken: 

a) by any person aggrieved by reason of his inabiUty to obtain a 
permit or enforcement action by the Building Inspector under 
this Bylaw; or 

b) by any regional planning agency or any person, officer, or 
board of the Town or any abutting city or town aggrieved by 
an order or decision of any administrative official under this 
Bylaw, including any decision regarding an alleged violation. 

In any case, no such appeal shall be heard by said Board unless 
after the refusal of a permit or the issuance of the order or de- 
cision, said appeal is filed with the Town Clerk as hereinafter pro- 
vided. 

1 1 .3.3 Any appeal to the Board of Appeals to any order or decision rela- 
tive to this Bylaw shall be made in accordance with the condi- 
tions set out in the Zoning Act, Chapter 40A. All such appeals 
shall be conducted and granted in accordance with Chapter 40A 
of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as 
amended. 

11.3.4 The Board of Appeals is empowered to grant a special permit or 
a variance under conditions and regulations. 



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1 1 .3.5 Any special permit granting board shall adopt rules relative to the 
issuance of such permits and file a copy of said rules with the 
Town Clerk. 

1 1 .4 SPECIAL PERMITS BY BOARD OF APPEALS: 
CONDITIONS, PROCEDURES 

The Board of Appeals shall hear and decide only such special permits as 
are specifically authorized by the terms of this Bylaw. The Board may 
grant special permits after a public hearing only where such conditions and 
safeguards as required by this Bylaw have been made, and only after a de- 
termination that such grant would not be detrimental to the pubUc health, 
safety, welfare, comfort or the convenience of the community and would 
not be adverse to the Town's economy and environment. 

1 1 .4.1 A special permit shall not be granted by the Board of Appeals un- 
less and until: 

a) A written application for a special permit is submitted indi- 
cating the specific section of this Bylaw under which the 
special permit is sought and stating the grounds on which it is 
requested; 

b) The Board of Appeals has made written findings certifying 
compliance with the specific provisions of this Bylaw govern- 
ing the exception and that satisfactory provision and arrange- 
ment has been made covering the following where appUcable, 
and action taken assuring that the special exception will not 
have an adverse effect on adjoining properties or properties 
generally in the district: 

1. Ingress and egress to property and proposed structures 
thereon with particular reference to automotive and pedes- 
trian safety and convenience; off-street parking and loading 
areas where required, traffic flow and control; access in case 
of fire or catastrophe ; and the capability of pubHc roads to 
support the added traffic safely. 

2. The proposed use will not create any danger of pollution to 
public or private water facilities, and the methods of drain- 
age at the proposed site either on-site or pubHc sewage sys- 
tems, wherever necessary, are adequate. No excessive 
demand shall be imposed on the water supply system. 

3. Signs, if any, proposed exterior lighting with reference to 
glare, and that no excessive noise, vibration, light, dust, 
smoke, heat, glare, or odor shall be observable at the lot 
lines. 

4. Refuse collection or disposal and service areas, with particu- 
lar reference to items in Paragraphs (1) and (2) above. 

5. Screening and buffering with reference to type, dimensions, 
and character. 



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6. Required yards and other open space. 

7. Economic effect and general compatibility and harmony 
with adjacent properties and other property in the district. 

8. The comments and recommendations of the Planning Board 
have been considered where the Special Permit has been 
submitted to the Planning Board and the Plaiming Board 
has submitted its recommendations as required by this By- 
law. Reasons for not accepting any of the comments and 
recommendations of the Planning Board shall be noted. 

9. A special permit shall only be issued following a pubUc 
hearing held within sixty-five (65) days after filing of an 
application with the special permit granting authority, a 
copy of which shall forthwith be given to the Town Clerk 
by the applicant. 

11.4.2 Within ten (10) days after receipt of the application for a special 
permit under this Section, the Board of Appeals shall transmit 
copies thereof, together with copies of the accompanying plans to 
the Board of Health, the Planning Board, and the Conservation 
Commission. All such Boards shall investigate the application and 
report in writing their recommendations to the Board of Appeals. 

1 1 .4.3 The Board of Appeals shall not take final action on such applica- 
tion until it has received a report thereon from the Board of 
Health, Plarming Board and the Conservation Commission or until 
said Boards have allowed thirty-five (35) days to elapse after re- 
ceipt of such apphcation without submission of a report. Failure 
by the permit granting authority to take final action upon the 
application for a special permit within ninety (90) days of date of 
the public hearing shall be deemed to be a grant of the permit 
applied for and the Town Clerk shall certify forthwith. 

1 1 .4.4 A special permit granted pursuant to this Section shall lapse after 
two years, including such time required to pursue or await the 
determination of an appeal from the grant thereof, if a substantial 
use thereof has not sooner commenced except for good cause, or 
in the case of permit for construction, if construction has not be- 
gun by such date except for good cause. 

11.5 VARIANCE 

As provided by statute, the Board of Appeals may authorize with respect 
to a particular building, structure, or parcel of land, after a duly adver- 
tised public hearing, held within sixty-five (65) days after filing of an 
application with said Board and with the Town Clerk a variance from any 
of the terms of this Zoning Bylaw where owing to the circumstances relat- 
ing to soil condition, shape, or topography of such land or structures, and 
especially affecting such land or structures, but not affecting generally the 
Zoning District in which it is located, a literal enforcement of the provi- 



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sions of the ordinance or Bylaw would involve substantial hardship, finan- 
cial or otherwise, to the owner of said building or parcel, and that desir- 
able rehef may be granted without substantial detriment to the pubUc 
good and without nullifying or substantially derogating from the intent or 
purpose of such Zoning Bylaw. A variance may authorize a use not other- 
wise permitted in the district in which the land or structure is located, pro- 
vided that such use is specifically permitted by this Bylaw. Said variance 
shall assure that there can be satisfactory compliance with Section 
1 1 .4 . 1 (b) 1-7 of this by-law , where applicable . 

11.5.1 Before any variance is granted, the Board must find all of the 
following conditions to be present: 

a) Conditions and circumstances are unique to the applicant's 
lot, structure or building and do not apply to the neighboring 
lands, structures or buildings in the same district. 

b) Strict application of the provisions of this Bylaw would de- 
prive the apphcant of reasonable use of the lot, structure or 
building in a manner equivalent to the use permitted to be 
made by other owners of their neighborhood lands, structures 
or buildings in the same district. 

c) The unique conditions and circumstances are not the result of 
actions of the applicant taken subsequent to the adoption of 
this Bylaw. 

d) Rehef, if approved, will not cause substantial detriment to the 
public good or impair the purposes and intent of this Bylaw. 

d) Rehef, if approved, will not constitute a grant of special priv- 
ilege inconsistent with the limitations upon other properties in 
the district. 

1 1.5.2 The Board may, in approving a variance, impose conditions, safe- 
guards and limitations both of time and of use, including the con- 
tinued existence of any particular structures but excluding any 
condition, safeguards or limitations based upon the continued 
ownership of the land or structures to which the variance pertains 
by the applicant, petitioners or any owner. A variance for use 
properly granted prior to January 1, 1976 but limited in time, 
may be extended on the same terms and conditions that were in 
effect for such variance upon said effective date. 

11.5.3 Within ten (10) days after receipt of the application for a vari- 
ance under this section, the Board of Appeals shall transmit 
copies thereof, together with copies of the accompanying plans to 
the Board of Health, the Planning Board and the Conservation 
Commission. All such Boards shall investigate the apphcation and 
report in writing their recommendations to the Board of Appeals. 

1 1 .5.4 The Board of Appeals shall not take final action on such apphca- 
tion until it has received a report thereon from the Board of 
Health, the Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission or 

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until such Boards have allowed thirty-five (35) days to elapse 
after receipt of such application without submission of a report. 
Failure of the Board to take final action within seventy-five (75) 
days of filing of such appHcation shall be deemed to be a granting 
of the variance and the Town Clerk shall so certify forthwith. 

11 .5.5 If the rights authorized by a variance are not exercised within one 
year of the date of grant of such variance, they shall lapse and 
may be reestablished only after notice and a new hearing pur- 
suant to Chapter 40A. 

11.6 SITE PLAN REVIEW 

1 1 .6.1 No permit to build, reconstruct, or expand any buildings or struc- 
tures in any Business or Light Industry District where such con- 
struction shall exceed a total gross floor area of 200 square feet, 
shall be issued by the Building Inspector until he shall have re- 
ceived from the Planning Board a written statement of final ap- 
proval of the Planning Board in accordance with the provisions of 
this section, or until 75 days have elapsed after an appHcation for 
site plan approval has been filed with the Planning Board. This 
section shall not include signs attached to a building, or normal 
maintenance. In cases where an application has been submitted to 
the Board of Appeals, and when in accordance with the provi- 
sions of this Bylaw the Board of Appeals refers an appHcation for 
a Special Permit to the Planning Board for review and comment, 
the Planning Board's written report to the Board of Appeals shall 
include, but not be limited to, all of the findings and determina- 
tions the Planning Board would make in conducting a Site Plan 
Review under this section. 

11.6.2 The Planning Board shall review preliminary site plans and shall 
issue site plan approval if the Board finds the following: 

a) That the proposed development will be harmonious with, and 
not harmful, injurious or objectionable to existing or future 
uses in the area; 

b) That natural resources will not be unduly exhausted: 

c) That erosion will be controlled during and after construction 
and will not adversely affect adjacent or neighboring property 
or public faciHties or services; 

d) That increased or decreased runoff due to development on the 
site will not be injurious to any downstream property owners 
or cause hazardous conditions on adjoining streets; 

e) That the proposed development will not result in undue pollu- 
tion of ground or surface waters, whether fresh or salt; 

f) That the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic within 
the site and in relation to access streets will be safe and con- 
venient. 



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11.6.3 A person applying for site plan review shall file an application 
with the Planning Board, including copies of a site plan and a 
filing fee, as required by the Planning Board. The application and 
site plan shall include the elements on which the Planning Board 
is to make a finding and determination, as provided in this section 
and shall also include information as to the nature and extent of 
the proposed use of buildings, and such further information as 
the Planning Board shall reasonably require by rule or regulation. 
In subsequent applications concerning the same subject matter, 
the Planning Board may waive the filing of plans and documents 
to the extent they duplicate those previously filed. Copies of the 
Rules and Regulations concerning the Site Plan Review shall be 
filed with the Town Clerk. 

11.6.4 The Planning Board shall, within one week of receipt of site plan 
application, transmit to appropriate town boards and depart- 
ments, for review, one copy of the application and site plan. The 
Planning Board shall not make a finding and determination upon 
an application until it has received the final report of the agencies 
designated by the Planning Board thereon, or until 35 days shall 
have elapsed since the transmittal of said copies of the site plan to 
the designated agencies without such report having been sub- 
mitted. No permit, or any extension, modification or renewal 
thereof, shall take effect until the Town Clerk certifies that 20 
days have elapsed and no appeal has been filed, or that such 
appeal has been dismissed or denied. 

11.6.5 The Plarming Board shall hold a duly advertised pubhc hearing 
within 30 days after the filing of an appUcation and site plan, and 
except as hereinafter provided, shall take final action within 21 
days after the date of the public hearing. Such final action shall 
consist of either: 

a) A finding and determination that the proposed construction, 
reconstruction, substantial exterior alteration, or addition will 
constitute a suitable development and will not result in signifi- 
cant detriment to the neighborhood or the natural qualities of 
the town; 

b) A written denial of the application for such finding and deter- 
mination, stating the reasons for such denial, including a state- 
ment of the respect in which any elements of the proposal are 
deemed by the Planning Board to be unsuitable or detrimental 
to the neighborhood or the natural qualities of the town; or 

c) A finding and determination, subject to such reasonable order 
of conditions, modifications and restrictions as the Planning 
Board shall set forth, that the proposed construction, recon- 
struction, substantial exterior alteration, or addition will 
constitute a suitable development and will not result in sig- 



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nificant detriment to the neighborhood or the natural qualities 
of the town. 

11.6.6 In the event that the Planning Board approves a site plan under 
these provisions, any building, reconstruction or expansion shall 
be carried on only in conformity with any conditions, modifica- 
tions and restrictions subject to which the Board shall have made 
its findings and determinations, and only in conformity with the 
application and site plan and its amendments, if any, on the basis 
of which the findings and determinations are made. 

1 1 .6.7 Minor changes to the approved site plan may be submitted to the 
Building Inspector for approval and if deemed insignificant or 
minor in nature or effect, may be approved by him. Any changes 
designated to be significant or major by the Building Inspector or 

•the Planning Board, shall be resubmitted to the Planning Board in 
the form of a new site plan. Any building, reconstruction, or 
expansion not approved by the Building Inspector or the Planning 
Board shall be ordered halted and fully removed. 

11.6.8 The approval of a site plan, or a modification or amendment 
thereof, shall remain effective for a period of one year only from 
the date of such approval (either directly or by inaction) unless 
prior to the expiration of such one year period, the applicant 
makes substantial efforts to build in accordance with the 
approved site plan, or unless the Planning Board votes to extend 
the time for a period not to exceed one additional year. 

1 1 .6.9 This section shall be enforced by the Building Inspector according 
to the provisions set forth in Section 1 1 .2 of this Bylaw. 

11.6.10 Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Planning Board, or by 
its failure to act in connection with its duty to review a site plan 
under this section, may appeal to the Superior Court or to the 
Land Court of Norfolk County under Section fourteen A of 
Chapter two hundred and forty of the General Laws of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

1 1 .6.1 1 Applications for a permit to build, reconstruct, alter the exterior 
of or expand any buildings or structures in any Business or Light 
Industry District where site plan approval is not required shall be 
accompanied by a plan of buildings showing location on lot, 
access, egress, parking provisions and plan of work for which per- 
mit is sought. Said plans shall be transmitted to the Planning 
Board by the Building Inspector. The Planning Board may make 
recommendations of an advisory nature to the apphcant based on 
the site plan review criteria. 



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SECTION 12 - AMENDMENT, VALIDITY 

12.1 AMENDMENT 

This Bylaw may be amended from time to time in accordance with the 
Zoning Act, Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts. 

During the amendment procedure, subdivision plans in process or review 
by the Planning Board under the Subdivision Control Law shall be subject 
to the provisions of Chapter 40A. 

12.2 VALIDITY 

The invalidity, unconstitutionality or illegaUty of any provision of this By- 
law or boundary shown on the Zoning Map shall not have any effect upon 
the validity, constitutionality or legaUty of any other provisions or 
boundary. 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD ON ARTICLE 21 

A pubUc hearing on Article 21, Proposed Zoning By-Law, was held by the 
Plarming Board on Wednesday, March 29, 1978. The Planning Board voted 
unanimously in favor of the Proposed Zoning By-Laws on April 1 , 1978. 

/s/ Elizabeth A. Holt, Secretary, /s/ 

COHASSET PLANNING BOARD 

Parts of Article 21 

Proposed Zoning By-Law of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts 

Section 1 — 1.3 Purpose — Page 3 — delete "; to promote the growth and 
physical development of the Town in accordance with plans, 
poUcies, and programs proposed by the Planning Board" 

Section 2 — Abandonment - Page 4 - delete 2 semicolons 

Driveway — Page 5 — add comma after "located on a private 
lot" 

Mean High Water - Page 7 - delete 9.5 and add - 4.8 feet 
above 0.0 Datum. (Mean Sea Level) 

Section 4 - Table of Use Regulations - Retail and Service - Page 15- 
Miscellaneous trade and repair service and shops — under WB 
(Waterfront Business) delete "Yes" and add "No" 

43.4 Additional Use Regulations - 4.3.4 - Page 17 - delete 
and add "Trailers - No trailer or other vehicle designed or used 
for living or office purposes, whether on wheels or otherwise, and 
including so-called 'mobile homes' shall hereafter be allowed to 
remain in the Town for a total of more than thirty (30) days in 
any twelve month period except when stored; provided, however, 



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the Board of Appeals may permit such use as a temporary use for 
a longer period. No 'trailer coach park,' as defined in Chapter 140 
of the General Laws, shall be permitted in the Town." 

4.3 Additional Use Regulations - 4.3.5 e) - Page 18 - add "not" 
after "the buildings shall". 

Section 5 — 5.3 Table of Area Regulations — Page 22 — HB — Any permitted 
structure or principal use — under Maximum Permitted Height 
(ft./stories) add "35 ft." 

5.3 Table of Area Regulations — Page 23 — LI — Any permitted 
structure or principal use — under Maximum Permitted Height 
(ft./stories) add "45 ft." 

Section 6 — 6.1 Administration — 6.1.1 — Page 24 — add "a Posting or an" 
after "No sign (except" 

Section?— 7.2 General Parking and Loading Regulations — 7.2.6 — Page 
30 — delete "a variance" 

Sections- 8.10 - Page 34 - Delete "TEMPORARY USES" and add 
"TEMPORARY STRUCTURE" 

Section 9 - 9.11 Extensions, Enlargements or Alteration of Non-Conforming 
Building or Use — Restoration of Non-Conforming Building — 

Page 38 — after "an extension, enlargement," add "restoration," 

Section 11 - 11.5 Variance - Page 43 - after "with the Town Clerk" delete 
period and "A" and add "a" 

11.6.9 - Page 47 - delete "Section 5C" and add "Section 11.2" 



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AMENDMENT TO MOTION FOR ARTICLE 21 

by Robert Booth 

Moved. That the Motion for Article 21 be amended by striking the same and 
substituting therefor the following: 

"That the Town vote to accept the provisions of Chapter 808 of the Acts of 
1975, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, as amended and superimpose 
said provisions upon the present zoning By-Law adopted December 2, 1969 as 
heretofore amended." 

Above amendment was withdrawn by Mr. Booth, with unanimous consent 
of the meeting. 

AMENDMENT TO SECTION 11.5 Variance - Page 44 
by Brian Wilkin 

Moved. After "specifically permitted by this By-Law". ADD "Said variance 
shall assure that there can be satisfactory compUance with Section 11.4.1(b) 
1-7 of this by-law, where applicable." 

Amendment voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

AMENDMENT 
by Mr. Ketchum 

Moved. That the last sentence on page 44 as printed under Section 11.5 be 
striken and replaced by the following sentence: "No use variances are permitted 
by this By-Law." 

Amendment defeated by a voice vote. 

Article 21. Main Motion with proposed changes by the Planning Board and as 
amended voted by a hand vote, Yes, 166 to No, 25 and 11 voters did not vote 
either way. 

Moved. To recess this meeting to Monday evening, April 3, 1978 in the 
Cohasset High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 

Voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

MONDAY, APRIL 3, 1978 

Moderator David E. Place called the meeting to order at 7:55 p. m. There were 
440 voters present. 

Checker previously appointed by the Selectmen reported for work at 7:00 
p jn. Carol Beggan replaced Mary N. Grassie as a checker at this meeting. 

Tellers previously appointed by the Moderator reported for work at 7:30 p.m. 



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ARTICLE 22 

(Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur L. Clark, Chairman, - Citizens 
Petition.) 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the zoning by-law of the Town of 
Cohasset adopted December 2, 1909, as heretofore amended by adding to 
Section 1, EstabHshment of District, Boundaries and Districts, the following: 

A certain parcel of land containing 26,000 square feet, more or less, as 
shown on a plan entitled "Plan of Land in Cohasset, Mass." by E.A. Loring 
dated September 8, 1977, more particularly bounded and described as follows: 

Northeasterly by King Street by 2 hnes measuring respectively 164 feet more 
or less and 65 feet more or less; 

Southeasterly by the intersection of King Street and Chief Justice Cushing High- 
way 61.33 feet; 

Southwesterly by Chief Justice Cushing Highway 272 feet more or less; 

Northwesterly by Crocker Lane by 4 lines measuring respectively 59.78 feet, 
66.67 feet, 15.29 feet and 24.51 feet, shall be changed from 
Residence B District to Highway Business District. Said plan is on 
file with the Town Clerk. 

Joseph W. Rosano, Chief Justice Cushing Highway 

Robert S. Pape, 207 Sohier Street 

Arthur M. Pompeo, 1 1 Ripley Road 

N. Leah Pompeo, 1 1 Ripley Road 

Frank Loiacono, Jr., 27 Ledge wood Drive 

William T. Barnes, 502 N. Main Street 

Arnold H. Jenks, 43 King Street 

Carolyn Jenks, 43 King Street 

Jeremiah J. Leone, 18 Pleasant Street 

Maria R. Pape, Chief Justice Cushing Highway 

Moved. That the Town amend the zoning by-law Map of the Town of Cohas- 
set adopted December 2, 1969, as heretofore amended by adding to Section 1, 
Establishment of District, Boundaries and Districts, the following: 

A certain parcel of land containing 26,000 square feet, more or less, as 
shown on a plan entitled "Plan of Land in Cohasset, Mass." by E.A. Young 
dated September 8, 1977, more particularly bounded and described as follows: 

Northeasterly by. King Street by 2 lines measuring respectively 164 feet more 
or less and 65 feet more or less; 

Southeasterly by the intersection of King Street and Chi«f Justice Cushing High- 
way 61.33 feet; 

Southwesterly by Chief Justice Cuslsicg nijjprn) 272 feet more or less; 

Northwesterly by Crccl^r Lane by 4 thies measuring respectively 59.78 feet, 
66.67 feet, 15.29 feet and 24.51 feet, shall be ^hanged from 
Residence B District to Highway Business District. Said plan is ©n 
file with the Town Clerk. 



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REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD ON ARTICLE 22 

A Public Hearing on Article 22 was held by the Planning Board on Wednes- 
day, March 22, 1978. The Planning Board voted unanimously not to recommend 
this article on Thursday, March 30, 1978, with two members absent. 

Elizabeth A. Holt, Secretary 

Article 22 defeated by a hand vote, 91 yes, to 189 no. 

Article 23. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning By-Law of 
the Town of Cohasset adopted December 2, 1969, as heretofore amended by: 

Adding to Section 1. EstabUshment of Districts, C. Boundaries of Districts, 
paragraph 6, the following sentence: 

"The Highway Business District shall also include that area contiguous to 
Chief Justice Cushing Way and marked " 'Proposed Highway Business' as shown 
on a plan of land entitled 'Plan showing a proposed change in the Zoning District 
Map of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts' dated January 19, 1978, drawn 
by Edwin A. Young, Registered Land Surveyor, and filed in the office of the 
Town Clerk.", or act on anything relating thereto. 

Harry H. Ritter, 505 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 

Marjorie F. Ritter, 505 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 

John F. Elliott, 179 Atlantic Avenue 

Tony Fasciano, 3 Bound Brook Lane 

Joseph M. Purcell, 116 Sohier Street 

Shirley C. Kehoe, 28 Bayberry Lane 

Vehna L. Rose, 670 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 

Isabel R. Salvador, 30 Bayberry Lane 

Barron C. Salvador, 30 Bayberry Lane 

Anthony J. Rosano, 194 King Street 

Moved. That the Town amend the zoning By-Law Map of the Town of 
Cohasset adopted December 2, 1969, as heretofore amended by: 

Adding to Section 1. EstabUshment of Districts, C. Boundaries of Districts, 
paragraph 6, the following sentence: 

"The Highway Business District shall also include that area contiguous to 
Chief Justice Cushing Way and marked 'Proposed Highway Business' as shown 
on a plan of land entitled 'Plan showing a proposed change in the Zoning Dis- 
trict Map of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts' dated January 19, 1978, 
drawn by Edwin A. Young, Registered Land Surveyor, and filed in the office 
ofthe Town Clerk." 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD ON ARTICLE 23 

A public hearing on Article 23 was held by the Planning Board on Wednes- 
day, March 22, 1978. The Planning Board voted unanimously not to recom- 
mend this article on Thursday, March 30, 1978, with two members absent. 

Elizabeth A. Holt, Secretary 
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Article 23 defeated by a hand vote, yes 139, to no 201. 

Article 24. To determine whether the Town would authorize the Fire Station 

Study Committee to develop plans and specifications to construct a new con- 
solidated sub fire station and raise and appropriate the sum of $40,000.00 for 
surveys, borings, and architectural and engineering fees for the development of 
said plans and specifications, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That Article 24 be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 24 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 25. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate or transfer 
from available funds the sum of $80,000.00 to purchase and equip a new 1,250 
gallon per minute Pumping Engine and authorize the sale and trade-in of the 
1950 Mack 500 gallon per minute Pumping Engine now used by the Fire Depart- 
ment, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $80,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated to pur- 
chase and equip a new 1,250 gallon per minute Pumping Engine and that the 
sale and trade-in of the 1950 Mack 500 gallon per minute Pumping Engine now 
used by the Fire Department is hereby authorized, and to meet said appropria- 
tion the sum of $80,000.00 be transferred from the Stabilization Fund. 

Article 25 voted by a hand vote, yes 325, to no 50. 

Article 26. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$7,000.00 to complete the development of a program for housing Town Offices 
and Town Records, or act on anything relative thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $7,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation to complete the development of a program for housing Town 
Offices and Town Records. 

Article 26 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 27. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, borrow or 
transfer from available funds the sum of $8,000.00 to be expended under the 
direction of the Fire Chief for the purpose of an ambulance, and further vote to 
authorize the Selectmen and the Fire Chief to enter into a contract with another 
town or towns to share the cost of purchasing, equipping and maintaining said 
ambulance, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $8,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated, 
by taxation to be expended under the direction of the Fire Chief, for the pur- 
pose of an ambulance, and that the Selectmen and the Fire Chief be and hereby 
are authorized to enter into a contract with another town or towns to share the 
cost of purchasing said ambulance. 

Article 27 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 28. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Cohasset 
By-Laws Article 4, Section 3, by striking same and inserting in place thereof 
the following: 

"The Selectmen shall have the right to sell any personal property of the 



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Town after same has been properly appraised by a competent person. If the 
appraisal of any such property exceeds the amount of $500.00, the property 
shall be offered for sale at pubHc auction. If property is not sold at public 
auction, the Selectmen may then offer it to non-profit charitable organizations, 
and, lastly, to anyone who wiQ remove the property at no charge. All moneys 
realized from any and all sales shall be turned over to the Town Treasurer.", 
or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town of Cohasset By-Laws Article 4, Section 3 be and 
hereby is amended by adding after the second sentence the following sentence. 
"If property is not sold at public auction, the Selectmen may then offer it to a 
non-profit charitable organization, and, lastly to anyone who will remove the 
property at no charge," so that Section 3 shall read as follows: 

"The Selectmen shall have the right to sell any personal property of the Town 
after same has been properly appraised by a competent person. If the appraisal 
of any such property exceeds the amount of $1,000.00, the property shall be 
offered for sale at public auction. If property is not sold at pubUc auction, the 
Selectmen may then offer it to non-profit charitable organizations, and, lastly, 
to anyone who wiQ remove the property at no charge. All moneys reaHzed from 
any and all sales shall be tumed over to the Town Treasurer." 

Article 28 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 29. To see if the Town wiQ vote to adopt the following By-Law in 
accordance with Chapter 693 of the Acts of 1977: 

The Town of Cohasset is hereby authorized to make temporary repairs on 
private ways upon the vote of the Board of Selectmen that pubUc necessity 
requires the reconstruction, resurfacing and instalHng and repairing necessary 
drainage on private ways that have been opened to the public for a term of 1 
year. It shall not be necessary for any abutter to petition for such repairs, and 
there shall be no betterment charges assessed nor shall a cash deposit be required 
for such repairs. The Town shall not be Hable for damages caused by such work 
to any greater extent than if such work were done on a public way, or act on 
anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the following By-Law be and hereby is adopted in accordance 
with Chapter 693 of the Acts of 1977: 

The Town of Cohasset is hereby authorized to make temporary repairs on 
private ways upon the vote of the Board of Selectmen that public necessity 
requires the reconstruction, resurfacing and installing and repairing necessary 
drainage on private ways that have been opened to the public for a term of 
one year. It shall not be necessary for any abutter to petition for such repairs, 
and there shall be no betterments charged assessed nor shall a cash deposit be 
required for such repairs. The Town shall not be liable for damages caused by 
such work to any greater extent than if such work were done on a pubUc way. 

Article 29 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 30. To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-Law Entitled "Har- 
bor Regulations" Section VI by adding the following sentence: 

"No person shall operate a boat in Little Harbor while towing water skiers, 
aqua-planes or other similar device except on even numbered days.", or act on 

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anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the By-Law entitled "Harbor Regulations," Section VI, be and 
hereby is amended by adding the following sentence: 

"No person shall operate a boat in Little Harbor while towing water skiers, 
aqua-planes or other similar device except on even numbered days." 

Article 30 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 31. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$11,975.00 to rehabilitate by sandblaster, chinking and guniting the following 
walls: The Sailing Club wall, front and side, the wall to the left of the wharf 
and Government Island, the three walls of Lawrence Park and the walls from 
Lawrence Park to Legion Park to Legion Park at South Margin Street, or act on 
anything relating thereto . 

Moved. That the sum of $3,250.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation to rehabihtate by sandblasting, chinking and guniting the following 
wall: Wall on Border Street from the Boat Yard to Hugo's Parking lot. 

Article 3 1 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 32. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$4,000.00 to have prepared a Harbor Mooring Control Plan by aerial photo- 
grammetry, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $4,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation to have prepared a Harbor Mooring Control Plan by aerial photo- 
grammetry. 

Article 32 moved that this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 32 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 33. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $6,000.00 
for maintenance dredging at Government Island Pier, or act on anything relating 
thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $6,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation for maintenance dredging at Government Island Pier. 

Article 33 voted by a voice vote. 

ARTICLE 34 

(Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of the Historic District 
Study Committee, Peter J. Wood, Chairman.) 

To hear and act upon the report and recommendation of the Historic District 
Study Committee, and to see if the Town will vote to adopt the following by- 
law which would estabUsh an Historic District to be known as the Cohasset 
Common Historic District, or act on anything relating thereto. 



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Town of Cohasset 
HISTORIC DISTRICT BY-LAW 

Section 1 . Title and Purpose of By-Law. 

This by-law shall be known, and may be referred to, as the "Historic 
District By-law." The purpose of this by-law is to establish within 
the Town of Cohasset an historic district which shall preserve and 
protect the distinctive architectural character of the Cohasset 
Common as a permanent legacy. 

Section 2. Establishment of Cohasset Common Historic District. 

There is hereby established in the Town of Cohasset a district, to be 
known as the Cohasset Common Historic District, as shown on a 
plan to be filed with the Cohasset Town Clerk and the Massachusetts 
Historical Commission and to be recorded with the Norfolk County 
Registry of Deeds. 

Section 3. Establishment of Historic District Commission. 

3.1 Membership. There is hereby established the Cohasset Com- 
mon Historic District Commission ("the Commission"), which 
shall consist of seven members appointed by the Selectmen 
and which shall at all times include at least four members who 
are residents of the Historic District itself, at least one member 
who is a Hcensed realtor, at least one member chosen from 
nominees submitted by the American Institute of Architects, 
and at least one member chosen from nominees submitted by 
the Cohasset Historical Society; provided, however, that with 
respect to the latter two organizations if no nominee is pro- 
posed to the Selectmen within thirty days of the respective 
organization's receipt of a request for nominees from the 
Selectmen, the Selectmen may proceed to appoint any archi- 
tect or any member of the Cohasset Historical Society as the 
case may be. 

3 .2 Alternates. There shall also be two alternate members appoint- 
ed by the Selectmen, one of whom at all times shall be a 
resident of the Historic District. 

3.3 Qualifications. All members and both alternate members must 
be year-round residents of the Town of Cohasset. 

3.4 Officers. The Commission shall elect a chairman and a vice- 
chairman from within its number and a secretary who may be 
within or without its number. In the absence of the chairman, 
the vice-chairman shall preside at meetings. 

3 .5 Terms. When the original members of the Commission are ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen, three members and one altemate 
shall be appointed for a term of one year, two members and 
one altemate for a term of two years, and two members for a 
term of three years. Successors shall be appointed in the same 
manner as the original appointment, for terms of three years, 



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and members (including alternate members) may be reap- 
pointed an unlimited number of times. Vacancies shall be 
filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the 
unexpired term. 

3.6 Vacancies. In the case of absence, inability to act or unwilling- 
ness to act because of self-interest on the part of a member of 
the Commission, his or her place shall be taken by an alternate 
member designated by the Chairman. Each member and each 
alternate shall continue in office after expiration of his or her 
term until his or her successor is duly appointed by the Select- 
men and accepts such appointment in a writing received by 
the Town Clerk. 

Section 4. General Duties, Powers and Authority of Historic District Commis- 
sion. 

4.1 The Commission shall have the duty of implementing this by- 
law by receiving and reviewing appUcations in connection with 
the altering or constructing of any building or structure 
within the Historic District as hereinafter provided in this 
by-law. 

4.2 The Commission shall have the power to adopt rules and 
regulations for the conducting of its business and shall cause 
all such rules and regulations to be filed with the Town Clerk 
immediately following their respective adoption. 

4.3 The Commission shall have such other duties, powers and 
authority as may be delegated or assigned to it from time to 
time by vote of a town meeting. 

Section 5 . Definitions. 

5.1 As used in this by-law the following words and phrases shall 
include the meanings indicated below: 

a. The word "altering" shall include the terms "rebuilding", 
"reconstructing", "restoring", "removing", and "demol- 
ishing" and the phrase "changing in exterior color". 

b. The word "constructing" shall include the terms "building", 
"erecting", "installing", "enlarging" and "moving." 

c. The word "building" shall mean a combination of materials 
forming a shelter for persons, animals or property. 

d. The word "structure" shall mean a combination of materi- 
als other than a building, including but not limited to a 
sign, fence, wall, terrace, walk or drive-way, tennis court 
and swimming pool. 

e. The words "exterior architectural feature" shall mean such 
portion of the exterior of a building or structure as is 
open to view from a public street, public way or public 
park, including but not limited to the architectural style 
and general arrangement and setting thereof, the kind, 



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color and texture of exterior building materials, the color 
of paint or other materials appUed to exterior surface and 
the type and style of windows, doors, lights, signs and other 
appurtenant exterior fixtures. 

f. The word "District" shall mean the Cohasset Common 
Historic District. 

g. The word "Commission" shall mean the Cohasset Common 
Historic District Commission acting as such. 

Section 6. Certificates and Applications. 

6.1 Certificates. Except as hereinafter provided in accordance with 
Section 7 and/or Section 8, no building or structure within the 
District shall be constructed or altered in any way that affects 
exterior architectural features unless the Commission shall 
first have issued a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate 
on non -applicability, or a certificate of hardship with respect 
to such construction or alteration. 

6.2 Applications. Any persons who desires to obtain a certificate 
from the Commission shall file with the Commission an 
application for a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of 
non-appHcability, or a certificate of hardship, as the case may 
be, in such form as the Commission may reasonably deter- 
mine, together with such plans, elevations, specifications, ma- 
terial and other information, including in the case of demoli- 
tion or removal a statement of the proposed condition and 
appearance of the property thereafter, as may be reasonably 
deemed necessary by the Commission to enable it to make a 
determination on the appUcation. 

6.3 Building and demolition permits. No building permit for 
construction of a building or structure or for alteration of an 
exterior architectural feature within the District and no 
demoUtion permit for demoHtion or removal of a building or 
structure within the District shall be issued by the Town or 
any department thereof untU the certificate required by this 
section has been issued by the Commission. 

6.4 Criteria. In passing upon matters before it the Commission 
shall consider, among other things, the historic and architec- 
tural value and significance of the site, building or structure, 
the general design, arrangement, texture, material and color of 
the features involved, and the relation of such features to 
similar features of buildings and structures in the surrounding 
area. In the case of new construction or additions to existing 
buildings or structures the Commission shall consider the 
appropriateness of the size and shape of the building or 
structure both in relation to the land area upon which the 
building or structure is situated and to buildings and structures 
in the vicinity, and the Commission may in appropriate cases 
impose dimensional and setback requirements in addition to 



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those required by applicable by-law. The Commission shall 
not consider interior arrangements or architectural features 
not subject to public view. 

6.5 Limitation. The Commission shall not make any recommenda- 
tion or requirement except for the purpose of preventing 
developments incongruous to the historic aspects or the 
architectural characteristics of the surroundings and of the 
District. 

Section 7. Exclusions from Commission Control. 

7.1 Initial exclusions. The authority of the Commission shall 
not extend to review of any of the following categories of 
buildings, structures or exterior architectural features in the 
District: 

a. Temporary structures or signs, subject, however, to such 
conditions as to duration of use, location, Ughting, re- 
moval and similar matters as the Commission may reason- 
ably specify. 

b. Storm doors and windows, screens, window air condition- 
ers, lighting fixtures and television antennae. 

c. Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connec- 
tion with use of a residence for a customary home occupa- 
tion or for professional purposes, provided only one such 
sign is displayed in connection with each residence and if 
illuminated is illuminated only indirectly and by a constant 
white light. 

d. The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, 
of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature 
damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, 
provided that such reconstruction is begun within one 
year thereafter and carried forward with due diligence. 

7.2 Additional exclusions. The Commission may determine from 
time to time after public hearing that certain additional cate- 
gories of exterior architectural features, structures or signs 
may be constructed or altered (including colors) without re- 
view by the Commission without causing substantial deroga- 
tion frorii the intent and purpose of this by-law. 

7.3 Certificates of nonapplicability. Upon request the Commission 
shall issue a certificate of nonapplicabiUty with respect to 
construction or alteration in any category then not subject to 
review by the Commission in accordance with the provisions 
of Sections 7.1 and 7.2. 

7.4 Nonapplicability to ordinary maintenance and related action. 

Nothing in this by-law shall be construed to prevent the 
ordinary maintenance, repair or replacement of any exterior 
architectural feature within the District which does not in- 
volve a significant change in design, material, color or the out- 



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ward appearance thereof, nor to prevent landscaping with 
plants, trees or shrubs, nor construed to prevent the meeting 
of requirements certified by a duly authorized public officer 
to be necessary for public safety because of an unsafe or 
dangerous condition, nor construed to prevent any construc- 
tion or alteration under a permit duly issued prior to the effec- 
tive date of this by-law. 

Section 8 . Commission Procedure . 

8.1 Meetings. Meetings of the Commission shall be held at the call 
of the Chairman, or, in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice- 
Chairman, and they shall be called at the request of two mem- 
bers of the Commission and in such other manner as the Com- 
mission may determine in its rules. Meetings shall also be 
posted at least forty-eight hours in advance. 

8.2 Quorums and Voting. A majority of the members of the Com- 
mission shall constitute a quorum, but the concurring vote of a 
majority of the members of the Commission (including alter- 
nate member of members if one or more regular members are 
absent or otherwise unable to act) shall be necessary to issue 
the certificates described above and to determine whether a 
public hearing is required as specified below. 

8.3 Initial Determinations. The Commission shall determine 
promptly, and in all events within fourteen days after the 
filing of an application for a certificate of appropriateness, a 
certificate of nonapplicability or a certificate of hardship, as 
the case may be, whether the application involves any exterior 
architectural feature which is subject to approval by the Com- 
mission, and if the Commission determines that such applica- 
tion involves any such feature which is subject to approval by 
the Commission, the Commission shall thereafter hold a public 
hearing on such application unless such hearing is dispensed 
with as hereinafter provided. 

8.4 Dispensing with Public Hearings. A pubUc hearing on an appli- 
cation need not be held if (i) such hearing is waived in writing 
by all persons entitled to notice thereof, or (ii) if the Com- 
mission determines that the exterior architectural feature in- 
volved or its category, as the case may be, is so insubstantial in 
its effect on the Historic District that it may be reviewed by 
the Commission without public hearing on the application, 
provided, however, that if the Commission dispenses with a 
pubHc hearing on an appUcation, notice of the application 
shall be given to the owners of all adjoining property and other 
property deemed by the Commission to be materially affected 
thereby as hereinafter provided in Section 8.5, and ten days 
shall elapse after the mailing of such notice before the Com- 
mission may act upon such application. 



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8.5 Public Hearings. If the Commission decides to hold a public 
hearing on any application, it shall fix a reasonable time for 
such hearing and shall give public notice of the time, place and 
purposes thereof at least fourteen days before said hearing in 
such manner as it may determine, and by mailing, postage 
prepaid, a copy of said notice to the appUcant, to the owners 
of all adjoining property and other property deemed by the 
Commission to be materially affected thereby as they appear 
on the most recent real estate tax Ust of the Board of Asses- 
sors, to the Cohasset Planning Board, to any resident of or 
property owner in the Town of Cohasset filing written request 
for notice of hearings, such request to be renewed yearly in 
December with the Town Clerk, and to such other persons as 
the Commission shall believe should receive notice. 

8.6 Certificates of Appropriateness. If the Commission determines 
that the construction or alteration for which an appHcation for 
a certificate of appropriateness has been filed will be appro- 
priate for or compatible with the preservation or protection of 
the Historic District, the Commission shall cause a certificate 
of appropriateness to be issued to the appHcant. In the case of 
a disapproval of an application for a certificate of appropriate- 
ness the Commission shall place upon its records the reasons 
for such determination and shall forthwith cause a notice of 
its determination, accompanied by a copy of the reasons 
therefor as set forth in the records of the Commission, to be 
issued to the applicant, and the Commission may make recom- 
mendations to the appHcant with respect to appropriateness of 
design, arrangement, texture, material and similar features. 
Prior to the issuance of any disapproval the Commission may 
notify the appUcant of its proposed action accompanied by 
recommendations of changes in the appHcant's proposal 
which, if made, would make the appHcation acceptable to the 
Commission. If within fourteen days of the receipt of such 
notice the appHcant files a written modification of his appHca- 
tion in conformity with the recommended changes of the 
Commission, the Commission shaU cause a certificate of 
appropriateness to be issued to the appHcant. 

8.7 Certificates of NonapplicabiUty. In the case of a determination 
by the Commission that an appHcation for a certificate of 
appropriateness or for a certificate of nonappHcabiHty does 
not involve any exterior architectural feature, or involves an 
exterior architectural feature which is not then subject to re- 
view by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of 
section seven, the Commission shaU cause a certificate of non- 
appHcabiHty to be issued to the appHcant. 

8.8 Certificates of Hardship. If the construction or alteration for 
which an application for a certificate of appropriateness has 
been filed shaH be determined to be inappropriate, or in the 
event of an appHcation for a certificate of hardship, the Com- 



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mission shall determine whether, owing to conditions especial- 
ly affecting the building or structure involved, but not affect- 
ing the Historic District generally, failure to approve an appli- 
cation wiQ involve a substantial hardship, financial or other- 
wise, to the applicant and whether such application may be 
approved without substantial detriment to the public welfare 
and without substantial derogation from the intent and pur- 
poses of this by-law. If the Commission determines that 
owing to such conditions failure to approve an appUcation 
will involve substantial hardship to the applicant and approval 
thereof may be made without such substantial detriment or 
derogation, or, in the event of failure to make a determination 
on an application within the time specified in section 8.11, 
the Commission shall cause a certificate of hardship to be 
issued to the applicant. 

8.9 Execution of Certificates. Each certificate issued by the Com- 
mission shall be dated and signed by its Chairman, Vice- 
Chairman, Secretary or such other person designated by the 
Commission to sign such certificates on its behalf. 

8.10 Rules, Regulations and Permanent Records. The Commission 
shall keep a permanent record of its resolutions, transactions 
and determinations and of the vote of each member partici- 
pating therein, and may adopt and amend such rules and 
regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this by-law 
or Chapter 40C of the Massachusetts General Laws and pre- 
scribe such forms as it shall deem desirable and necessary for 
the regulations of its affairs and the conduct of its business. 
The Commission shall also file a copy of any such rules and 
regulations with the Town Clerk. 

8.11 Final Determinations. Final determinations on applications 
shall be made by the Commission as soon as convenient after 
either its original receipt of each application (if no public 
hearing is to be held) or after said public hearing, but in all 
events within sixty days after the filing of the application, or 
within such further time as the applicant may allow in writing, 
and if the Commission shall fail to make a determination 
within such period of time, the Commission shall thereupon 
issue to the applicant a certificate of hardship. 

8.12 Specific Criteria. The Commission may after pubUc hearing 
set forth in such manner as it may determine the various 
designs of certain appurtenances, such as solar energy equip- 
ment and wind-activated power-generating equipment, which 
will meet the requirements of the Historic District and a roster 
of certain colors of paint and roofing materials which will 
meet the requirements of the Historic District, but no such 
determination shall limit the right of an applicant to present 
other designs or colors to the Commission for its approval. 



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Section 9. Review Procedure. 

Any applicant aggrieved by a determination of the Commission may, 
within twenty days after the filing of the notice of such determina- 
tion with the Town Clerk, file a written request with the Commis- 
sion for a review by a person or persons of competence and ex- 
perience in such matters, designated by the MetropoUtan Area Plan- 
ning Council, of which Cohasset is a member. The finding of the 
person or persons making such review shall be filed with the Town 
Clerk within forty days after the request, and shall be binding on 
the appHcant and the Commission, unless a further appeal is sought 
in the Superior Court as provided below. 

Section 10. Appeal to Superior Court. 

10.1 Any apphcant aggrieved by a determination of the Commis- 
sion or by the finding of a person or persons making a review, 
may, within twenty days after the fiUng of the notice of such 
determination or such finding with the Town Clerk, appeal to 
Norfolk Superior Court. 

10.2 The remedy provided by this section shall be exclusive, subject 
only to the appellate rights of the parties. 

10.3 Costs shall not be allowed against the Commission unless it 
shall appear to the Court that the Commission acted with 
gross negligence , in bad faith or with malice in the matter from 
which the appeal was taken, and costs shall not be allowed 
against the party appealing from such determination of the 
Commission unless it shall appear to the Court that the appel- 
lant acted in bad faith or with malice in making the appeal to 
the Court. 

Section 11. Superior Court Jurisdiction. 

The Norfolk Superior Court has jurisdiction to enforce the pro- 
visions of this by-law and the determinations, rulings and regula- 
tions issued pursuant thereto and may, upon the petition of the 
Board of Selectmen or of the Commission, restrain violations there- 
of; and, without limitation, such Court may order the removal of 
any building, structure or exterior architectural feature constructed 
in violation thereof, or the substantial restoration of any building, 
structure or exterior architectural feature altered or demoHshed in 
violation thereof, and may issue such other orders for reUef as may 
be equitable. Whoever violates any of the provisions of this by-law 
shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than 
five hundred dollars. Each day during any portion of which a viola- 
tion continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense. 

Section 12. Severability. 

The provisions of this by-law shall be deemed to be severable, and 
if any of its provisions shall be held to be invaUd or unconstitutional 
by any court of competent jurisdiction the remaining provisions 
shall continue in full force and effect. 

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Moved. That the following By-Law, which is attached hereto and which 
would establish an Historic District to be known as the Cohasset Common His- 
toric District, be and hereby is adopted. 

Town of Cohasset 
HISTORIC DISTRICT BY-LAW 

Section 1. Title and Purpose of By-Law. 

This by-law shall be known, and may be referred to, as the "Historic 
District By-law." The purpose of this by-law is to establish within 
the Town of Cohasset an historic district which shall preserve and 
protect the distinctive architectural character of the Cohasset 
Common as a permanent legacy. 

Section 2. Establishment of Cohasset Common Historic District. 

There is hereby estabUshed in the Town of Cohasset a district, to be 
known as the Cohasset Common Historic District, as shown on a 
plan to be filed with the Cohasset Town Clerk and the Massachusetts 
Historical Commission and to be recorded with the Norfolk County 
Registry of Deeds. 

Section 3. Establishment of Historic District Commission. 

3.1 Membership. There is hereby established the Cohasset Com- 
mon Historic District Commission ("the Commission"), which 
shall consist of seven members appointed by the Selectmen 
and which shall at all times include at least four members who 
are residents of the Historic District itself, at least one member 
who is a Ucensed realtor, at least one member chosen from 
nominees submitted by the American Institute of Architects, 
and at least one member chosen from nominees submitted by 
the Cohasset Historical Society; provided, however, that with 
respect to the latter two organizations if no nominee is pro- 
posed to the Selectmen within thirty days of the respective 
organization's receipt of a request for nominees from the 
Selectmen, the Selectmen may proceed to appoint any archi- 
tect or any member of the Cohasset Historical Society as the 
case may be. 

3.2 Alternates. There shall also be two alternate members appoint- 
ed by the Selectmen, one of whom at all times shall be a 
resident of the Historic District. 

3 .3 Qualifications. All members and both alternate members must 
be year-round residents of the Town of Cohasset. 

3.4 Officers. The Commission shall elect a chairman and a vice- 
chairman from within its number and a secretary who may be 
within or without its number. In the absence of the chairman, 
the vice-chairman shall preside at meetings. 

3.5 Terms. When the original members of the Commission are ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen, three members and one alternate 



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shall be appointed for a term of one year, two members and 
one alternate for a term of two years, and two members for a 
term of three years. Successors shall be appointed in the same 
manner as the original appointment, for terms of three years, 
and members (including altemate members) may be reap- 
pointed an unlimited number of times. Vacancies shall be 
filled in the same maimer as the original appointment for the 
unexpired term. 

3.6 Vacancies. In the case of absence, inability to act or unwilling- 
ness to act because of self-interest on the part of a member of 
the Commission, his or her place shall be taken by an altemate 
member designated by the Chairman. Each member and each 
altemate shall continue in office after expiration of his or her 
term until his or her successor is duly appointed by the Select- 
men and accepts such appointment in a writing received by 
the Town Clerk. 

Section 4. General Duties, Powers and Authority of Historic District Commis- 
sion. 

4.1 The Commission shall have the duty of implementing this by- 
law by receiving and reviewing appHcations in connection with 
the altering or constructing of any building or structure 
within the Historic District as hereinafter provided in this 
by-law. 

4.2 The Commission shall have the power to adopt rules and 
regulations for the conducting of its business and shall cause 
all such rules and regulations to be filed with the Town Clerk 
immediately following their respective adoption. 

4.3 The Commission shall have such other duties, powers and 
authority as may be delegated or assigned to it from time to 
time by vote of a town meeting. 

Sections. Definitions. 

5.1 As used in this by-law the following words and phrases shall 
include the meanings indicated below: 

a. The word "altering" shall include the terms "rebuilding", 
"reconstructing", "restoring", "removing", and "demol- 
ishing" and the phrase "changing in exterior color". 

b. The word "constructing" shall include the terms "building", 
"erecting", "installing", "enlarging" and "moving." 

c. The word "building" shall mean a combination of materials 
forming a shelter for persons, animals or property. 

d. The word "structure" shall mean a combination of materials 
other than a building, including but not limited to a sign, 
fence, wall, terrace, walk or drive-way, tennis court and 
swimming pool. 



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e. The words "exterior architectural feature" shall mean 
such portion of the exterior of a building or structure as is 
open to view from a public street, pubHc way or pubUc 
park, including but not limited to the architectural style 
and general arrangement and setting thereof, the kind, 
color and texture of exterior building materials, the color 
of paint or other materials applied to exterior surface and 
the type and style of windows, doors, lights, signs and other 
appurtenant exterior fixtures. 

f. The word "District" shall mean the Cohasset Common 
Historic District. 

g. The word "Commission" shall mean the Cohasset Common 
Historic District Commission acting as such. 

Section 6. Certificates and Applications. 

6.1 Certificates. Except as hereinafter provided in accordance with 
Section 7 and/or Section 8, no building or structure within the 
District shall be constructed or altered in any way that affects 
exterior architectural features unless the Commission shall 
first have issued a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate 
on non -applicability, or a certificate of hardship with respect 
to such construction or alteration. 

6.2 Applications. Any persons who desires to obtain a certificate 
from the Commission shall file with the Commission an 
application for a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of 
non -applicability, or a certificate of hardship, as the case may 
be, in such form as the Commission may reasonably determine, 
together with such plans, elevations, specifications, material 
and other information, including in the case of demolition or 
removal a statement of the proposed condition and appearance 
of the property thereafter, as may be reasonably deemed 
necessary by the Commission to enable it to make a determina- 
tion on the appUcation. 

6.3 Building and demolition permits. No building permit for 
construction of a building or structure or for alteration of an 
exterior architectural feature within the District and no 
demoHtion permit for demolition or removal of a building or 
structure within the District shall be issued by the Town or 
any department thereof until the certificate required by this 
section has been issued by the Commission. 

6.4 Criteria. In passing upon matters before it the Commission 
shall consider, among other things, the historic and architec- 
tural value and significance of the site, building or structure, 
the general design, arrangement, texture, material and color of 
the features involved, and the relation of such features to 
similar features of buildings and structures in the surrounding 
area. In the case of new construction or additions to existing 
buildings or structures the Commission shall consider the 



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appropriateness of the size and shape of the building or 
structure both in relation to the land area upon which the 
building or structure is situated and to buildings and structures 
in the vicinity, and the Commission may in appropriate cases 
impose dimensional and setback requirements in addition to 
those required by applicable by-law. The Commission shall 
not consider interior arrangements or architectural features 
not subject to public view. 

6.5 Limitation. The Commission shall not make any recommenda- 
tion or requirement except for the purpose of preventing 
developments incongruous to the historic aspects or the 
architectural characteristics of the surroundings and of the 
District. 

Section 7. Exclusions from Commission Control. 

7.1 Initial exclusions. The authority of the Commission shall 
not extend to review of any of the following categories of 
buildings, structures or exterior architectural features in the 
District: 

a. Temporary structures or signs, subject, however, to such 
conditions as to duration of use, location, Hghting, re- 
moval and similar matters as the Commission may reason- 
ably specify. 

b. Storm doors and windows, screens, window air condition- 
ers, lighting fixtures and television antennae. 

c. Signs of not more than one square foot in area in connec- 
tion with use of a residence for a customary home occupa- 
tion or for professional purposes, provided only one such 
sign is displayed in connection witii each residence and if 
illuminated is illuminated only indirectly and by a constant 
white light. 

d. The reconstruction, substantially similar in exterior design, 
of a building, structure or exterior architectural feature 
damaged or destroyed by fire, storm or other disaster, 
provided that such reconstruction is begun within one year 
thereafter and carried forward with due diligence. 

7.2 Additional exclusions. The Commission may determine from 
time to time after pubHc hearing that certain additional cate- 
gories of exterior architectural features, structures or signs 
may be constructed or altered (including colors) without re- 
view by the Commission without causing substantial deroga- 
tion from the intent and purpose of this by-law. 

7.3 Certificates of nonapplicability. Upon request the Commission 
shall issue a certificate of nonapplicability with respect to 
construction or alteration in any category then not subject to 
review by the Commission in accordance with the provisions 
of Sections 7.1 and 7.2. 



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7.4 Nonapplicabflity to ordinary maintenance and related action. 

Nothing in this by-law shall be construed to prevent the 
ordinary maintenance, repair or replacement of any exterior 
architectural feature within the District which does not in- 
volve a significant change in design, material, color or the out- 
ward appearance thereof, nor to prevent landscaping with 
plants, trees or shrubs, nor construed to prevent the meeting 
of requirements certified by a duly authorized public officer 
to be necessary for pubHc safety because of an unsafe or 
dangerous condition, nor construed to prevent any construc- 
tion or alteration under a permit duly issued prior to the effec- 
tive date of this by-law. 

Section 8. Commission Procedure. 

8.1 Meetings. Meetings of the Commission shall be held at the call 
of the Chairman, or, in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice- 
Chairman, and they shall be called at the request of two mem- 
bers of the Commission and in such other manner as the Com- 
mission may determine in its rules. Meetings shall also be 
posted at least forty -eight hours in advance. 

8.2 Quorums and Voting. A majority of the members of the Com- 
mission shall constitute a quorum, but the concurring vote of a 
majority of the members of the Commission (including alter- 
nate member of members if one or more regular members are 
absent or otherwise unable to act) shall be necessary to issue 
the certificates described above and to determine whether a 
public hearing is required as specified below. 

8.3 Initial Determinations. The Commission shall determine 
promptly, and in all events within fourteen days after the 
filing of an application for a certificate of appropriateness, a 
certificate of nonappUcabihty or a certificate of hardship, as 
the case may be, whether the appUcation involves any exterior 
architectural feature which is subject to approval by the Com- 
mission, and if the Commission determines that such applica- 
tion involves any such feature which is subject to approval by 
the Commission, the Commission shall thereafter hold a public 
hearing on such application unless such hearing is dispensed 
with as hereinafter provided. 

8.4 Dispensing with Public Hearings. A pubHc hearing on an appU- 
cation need not be held if (i) such hearing is waived in writing 
by all persons entitled to notice thereof, or (ii) if the Com- 
mission determines that the exterior architectural feature in- 
volved or its category, as the case may be, is so insubstantial in 
its effect on the Historic District that it may be reviewed by 
the Commission without pubUc hearing on the application, 
provided, however, that if the Commission dispenses with a 
public hearing on an appHcation, notice of the appUcation 
shaU be given to the owners of aU adjoining property and other 
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thereby as hereinafter provided in Section 8.5, and ten days 
shall elapse after the mailing of such notice before the Com- 
mission may act upon such appHcation. 

8.5 Public Hearings. If the Commission decides to hold a pubHc 
hearing on any application, it shall fix a reasonable time for 
such hearing and shall give pubHc notice of the time, place and 
purposes thereof at least fourteen days before said hearing in 
such manner as it may determine, and by mailing, postage 
prepaid, a copy of said notice to the appHcant, to the owners 
of all adjoining property and other property deemed by the 
Commission to be materially affected thereby as they appear 
on the most recent real estate tax Ust of the Board of Asses- 
sors, to the Cohasset Planning Board, to any resident of 
or property owner in the Town of Cohasset filing written 
request for notice of hearings, such request to be renewed 
yearly in December with the Town Clerk, and to such other 
persons as the Commission shall believe should receive notice. 

8.6 Certificates of Appropriateness. If the Commission determines 
that the construction or alteration for which an appHcation for 
a certificate of appropriateness has been filed will be appro- 
priate for or compatible with the preservation or protection of 
the Historic District, the Commission shall cause a certificate 
of appropriateness to be issued to the appHcant. In the case of 
a disapproval of an application for a certificate of appropriate- 
ness the Commission shall place upon its records the reasons 
for such determination and shaU forthwith cause a notice of 
its determination, accompanied by a copy of the reasons 
therefor as set forth in the records of the Commission, to be 
issued to the applicant, and the Commission may make recom- 
mendations to the appHcant with respect to appropriateness of 
design, arrangement, texture, material and similar features. 
Prior to the issuance of any disapproval the Commission may 
notify the appHcant of its proposed action accompanied by 
recommendations of changes in the applicant's proposal 
which, if made, would make the application acceptable to the 
Commission. If within fourteen days of the receipt of such 
notice the applicant files a written modification of his appHca- 
tion in conformity with the recommended changes of the 
Commission, the Commission shall cause a certificate of ap- 
propriateness to be issued to the appHcant. 

8.7 Certificates of Nonapplicability. In the case of a determination 
by the Commission that an appHcation for a certificate of 
appropriateness or for a certificate of nonappHcabiHty does 
not involve any exterior architectural feature, or involves an 
exterior architectural feature which is not then subject to re- 
view by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of 
section seven, the Commission shaU cause a certificate of non- 
appHcabiHty to be issued to the appHcant. 



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8.8 Certificates of Hardship. If the construction or alteration for 
which an appHcation for a certificate of appropriateness has 
been filed shaQ be determined to be inappropriate, or in the 
event of an appHcation for a certificate of hardship, the Com- 
mission shall determine whether, owing to conditions especial- 
ly affecting the building or structure involved, but not affect- 
ing the Historic District generally, failure to approve an appli- 
cation will involve a substantial hardship, financial or other- 
wise, to the appHcant and whether such appUcation may be 
approved without substantial detriment to the public welfare 
and without substantial derogation from the intent and 
purposes of this by-law. If the Commission determines that 
owing to such conditions failure to approve an application 
will involve substantial hardship to the appUcant and ap- 
proval thereof may be made without such substantial detri- 
ment or derogation, or, in the event of failure to make a 
determination on an application within the time specified in 
section 8.11, the Commission shall cause a certificate of hard- 
ship to be issued to the appUcant. 

8.9 Execution of Certificates. Each certificate issued by the Com- 
mission shall be dated and signed by its Chairman, Vice- 
Chairman, Secretary or such other person designated by the 
Commission to sign such certificates on its behalf. 

8.10 Rules, Regulations and Permanent Records. The Commission 
shall keep a permanent record of its resolutions, transactions 
and determinations and of the vote of each member partici- 
pating therein, and may adopt and amend such rules and 
regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this by-law 
or Chapter 40C of the Massachusetts General Laws and pre- 
scribe such forms as it shall deem desirable and necessary for 
the regulations of its affairs and the conduct of its business. 
The Commission shall also fiile a copy of any such rules and 
regulations with the Town Clerk. 

8.11 Final Determinations. Final determinations on applications 
shall be made by the Commission as soon as convenient after 
either its original receipt of each application (if no public 
hearing is to be held) or after said public hearing, but in aQ 
events within sixty days after the fiUng of the application, or 
within such further time as the appHcant may allow in writing, 
and if the Commission shall fail to make a determination 
within such period of time, the Commission shaQ thQreupon 
issue to the appHcant a certificate of hardship. 

8.12 Specific Criteria. The Commission may after pubHc hearing 
set forth in such manner as it may determine the various 
designs of certain appurtenances, such as solar energy equip- 
ment and wind-activated power-generating equipment, which 
wiU meet the requirements of the Historic District and a roster 
of certain colors of paint and roofing materials which wiH 
meet the requirements of the Historic District, but no such 



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determination shall limit the right of an applicant to present 
other designs or colors to the Commission for its approval. 

Section 9. Review Procedure. 

Any applicant aggrieved by a determination of the Commission may, 
within twenty days after the filing of the notice of such determina- 
tion with the Town Clerk, file a written request with the Commis- 
sion for a review by a person or persons of competence and ex- 
perience in such matters, designated by the Metropolitan Area Plan- 
ning Council, of which Cohasset is a member. The finding of the 
person or persons making such review shall be filed with the Town 
Clerk within forty days after the request, and shall be binding on 
the applicant and the Commission, unless a further appeal is sought 
in the Superior Court as provided below. 

Section 10. Appeal to Superior Court. 

10.1 Any applicant aggrieved by a determination of the Commis- 
sion or by the finding of a person or persons making a review, 
may, within twenty days after the filing of the notice of such 
determination or such finding with the Town Clerk, appeal to 
Norfolk Superior Court. 

10.2 The remedy provided by this section shall be exclusive, subject 
only to the appellate rights of the parties. 

10.3 Costs shall not be allowed against the Commission unless it 
shall appear to the Court that the Commission acted with 
gross negUgence, in bad faith or with malice in the matter from 
which the appeal was taken, and costs shall not be allowed 
against the party appealing from such determination of the 
Commission unless it shall appear to the Court that the appel- 
lant acted in bad faith or with malice in making the appeal to 
the Court. 

Section 11. Superior Court Jurisdiction. 

The Norfolk Superior Court has jurisdiction to enforce the pro- 
visions of this by-law and the determinations, rulings and regula- 
tions issued pursuant thereto and may, upon the petition of the 
Board of Selectmen or of the Commission, restrain violations there- 
of; and, without limitation, such Court may order the removal of 
any building, structure or exterior architectural feature constructed 
in violation thereof, or the substantial restoration of any building, 
structure or exterior architectural feature altered or demolished in 
violation thereof, and may issue such other orders for relief as may 
be equitable. Whoever violates any of the provisions of this by-law 
shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than 
five hundred dollars. Each day during any portion of which a viola- 
tion continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense. 



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Section 12. Severabflity. 

The provisions of this by-law shall be deemed to be severable, and 
if any of its provisions shall be held to be invalid or unconstitutional 
by any court of competent jurisdiction the remaining provisions 
shall continue in full force and effect. 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD OF ARTICLE 34 

A public hearing on Article 34, Historic District By-Law was held by the 
Historic District Study Committee on October 27, 1977. The Plaiming Board 
voted unanimously in favor of this article on Thursday, March 30, 1978, with 
two members absent. 

Elizabeth A. Holt, Secretary 

Article 34 voted by a hand vote, yes 269, to no 79. 

Article 35. To see if the Town will vote to instruct the Board of Selectmen 
to petition the General Court of Massachusetts to enact the following, or act on 
anything relating thereto: 

An act providing that the Chief of the PoHce Department of the Town of 
Cohasset shall be exempted from the Civil Service Laws and Rules. 

Section 1: Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, appointment of 
the Chief of the PoUce Department of the Town of Cohasset shall not be subject 
to the Civil Services Laws and Rules. 

Section 2: The provisions of Section One of this Act shall not impair the 
Civil Service status of the Chief of the PoUce Department of the said Town 
holding such status on the effective date of this Act. 

Section 3: This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Moved. That the Board of Selectmen be and hereby is instructed to petition 
the General Court of Massachusetts to enact the following: 

An act providing that the Chief of the PoUce Department of the Town of 
Cohasset shall be exempted from the Civil Service Laws and Rules. 

Section 1: Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, appointment of 
the Chief of the Police Department of the Town of Cohasset shall not be subject 
to the Civil Service Laws and Rules. 

Section 2: The provisions of Section One of this Act shall not impair the 
Civil Service status of the Chief of the PoHce Department of the said Town 
holding such status on the effective date of this Act. 

Section 3: This Act shall take effect upon its passage. 

It is further moved that within one year following passage of the act, a com- 
mittee of five (5) citizens be appointed by the Moderator, the Chairman of the 
Board of Selectmen and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to be known 
as the Police Chief Search Committee. Such committee shall determine job 
qualifications, arrange for testing where appropriate, advertise the position in 
at least one locally and one state wide circulated newspaper and one nationally 



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circulated trade journal and conduct screening interviews as they deem neces- 
sary. The Committee shall then submit the names of the three (3) most highly 
qualified applicants to the Board of Selectmen from which it shall select one. 

In the event of disciplinary action against the Chief of PoHce, such pro- 
ceedings shall be conducted in open session by the Board of Selectmen with 
right of appeal to the Personnel Committee whose majority decision after a 
public hearing shall be final and binding upon the parties. 

Moved. That this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 35 motion for indefinite postponement defeated by a voice vote. 

Article 35 main motion voted by a voice vote. 

ARTICLE 36 

(Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur L. Qark, Chairman - Citizens 
Petition.) 

To see if the Town will vote to pass a noise control ordinance wiiji the 
following provisions: 

Town of Cohasset 
NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE 

ARTICLE I TITLE 

This ordinance may be cited as the "Noise Control Ordinance 
of the Town of Cohasset." 

ARTICLE II DECLARATION OF FINDINGS AND POLICY 

WHEREAS excessive sound and vibration are a serious hazard 
to the public health and welfare, safety, and the quaUty of 
life; and WHEREAS a substantial body of science and tech- 
nology exists by which excessive sound and vibration may be 
substantially abated; and WHEREAS the people have a right to 
and should be ensured an environment free from excessive 
sound and vibration that may jeopardize their health or wel- 
fare or safety or degrade the quality of life; and, NOW, 
THEREFORE, it is the policy of the Town of Cohasset to 
prevent excessive sound and vibration which may jeopardize 
the health and welfare or safety of its citizens or degrade the 
quality of Hfe. 

ARTICLE III DEFINITIONS 

3.1 TERMINOLOGY 

The following words, phrases and terms as used in this ordi- 
nance shall have the meanings as indicated below. 

3.2.1 DECIBEL (dB) shall mean a unit which denotes the ratio be- 
tween two (2) quantities which are proportional to power; the 
number of decibels corresponding to the ratio of two (2) 



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amounts of power is ten (10) times the logarithm to the base 
ten (10) of this ratio. 

3.2.2 AIR POLLUTION shall mean the presence in the ambient air 
space of one or more contaminants or combinations thereof 
in such concentrations and of such duration as to unreason- 
ably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life and 
property or the conduct of business. 

3.2.3 NOISE shall mean sound of sufficient intensity and/or dura- 
tion as to cause or contribute to a condition of air pollution. 

3.2.4 NOISE DISTURBANCE shall mean any sound which (a) en- 
dangers or injures the safety or health of humans or animals, 
or (b) annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal 
sensitivities, or (c) endangers or injures personal or real proper- 
ty. 

3.2.5 SOUND LEVEL METER shall mean an instrument meeting 
American National Standard Institute's Standard SI. 4-1 971 or 
most recent revision thereof for Type 1 or Type 2 sound level 
meters or an instrument and the associated recording and 
analyzing equipment which will provide equivalent data. 

3.2.6 AMBIENT NOISE shall mean the level exceeded ninety (90) 
percent of the time (L90) in any hour without the source in 
question. 

ARTICLE IV ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS 

The police department, fire department, board of health 
officials or building inspector or his designee acting within 
his jurisdictional area is hereby authorized to implement and 
enforce this ordinance. 

ARTICLE V PROHIBITED ACTS 

No person shall unreasonably make, continue, or cause to be 
made or continued, any noise disturbance. Non-commercial 
pubUc speaking and pubHc assembly activities conducted on 
any pubUc space or public right-of-way shall be exempt from 
the operation of this section. 

ARTICLE VI EXCEPTIONS 

The provisions of this Article shall not apply to (a) the emis- 
sion of sound for the purpose of alerting persons to the 
existence of an emergency, or (b) the emission of sound in 
the performance of emergency work, or (c) the emission of 
sound from maintenance equipment such as mowers and 
power saws between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday 
through Saturday, and 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday. 



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ARTICLE Vn MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE SOUND LEVELS BY RECEIV- 
ING LAND USE 

No person shall operate or cause to be operated any noise 
source which increases the ambient noise by more than ten 
(10) dBA as measured at the property Une of a residence. 

ARTICLE Vm MOTOR VEHICLE MUFFLERS OR SOUND DISSIPATIVE 
DEVICES 

No person shall operate or cause to be operated any motor 
vehicle or motorcycle not equipped with a muffler or other 
sound dissipative device in good working order and in constant 
operation. 

ARTICLE IX VIOLATIONS 

Any violation of this ordinance is declared to be a pubUc 
nuisance and may be abated in accordance with law. 

ARTICLE X SEVERABILITY 

Each of these regulations shall be construed as separate to 
the end that if any regulation or sentence, clause, or phrases 
thereof shall be held invaUd for any reason, the remainder 
of that regulation shall continue in full force. 

Janet W. MacLure, 183 Sohier Street 
Charles Gainor, 168 Sohier Street 
Mary E. Gainor, 168 Sohier Street 
Ruth S. Payne, 205 Sohier Street 
Diarmuid O'Connell, 25 Sohier Street 
Elizabeth W. O'Connell, 25 Sohier Street 
Katherine M. Lincoln, 17 Sohier Street 
Edwin C. Lincoln, Jr., 17 Sohier Street 
Lawrence MacLure, 183 Sohier Street 
Priscilla H. Long, 31 Nichols Road 

Moved. That a noise control by-law with the following provisions be and here- 
by is adopted: 

Town of Cohasset 
NOISE CONTROL ORDINANCE 



ARTICLE I TITLE 

This ordinance may be cited as the 
of the Tov/n of Cohasset." 



'Noise Control Ordinance 



ARTICLE II DECLARATION OF FINDINGS AND POLICY 

WHEREAS excessive sound and vibration are a serious hazard 
to the public health and welfare, safety, and the quality of Hfe; 
and WHEREAS a substantial body of science and technology 



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exists by which excessive sound and vibration may be substan- 
tially abated; and WHEREAS the people have a right to and 
should be ensured an environment free from excessive sound 
and vibration that may jeopardize their health or welfare or 
safety or degrade the quality of Hfe; and, NOW, THERE- 
FORE, it is the poUcy of the Town of Cohasset to prevent 
excessive sound and vibration which may jeopardize the health 
and welfare or safety of its citizens or degrade the quality of 
life. 

ARTICLE m DEFINITIONS 

3.1 TERMINOLOGY 

The following words, phrases and terms as used in this ordi- 
nance shall have the meanings as indicated below. 

3.2.1 DECIBEL (dB) shaU mean a unit which denotes the ratio be- 
tween two (2) quantities which are proportional to power; 
the number of decibels corresponding to the ratio of two (2) 
amounts of power is ten (10) times the logarithm to the base 
ten (10) of this ratio. 

3.2.2 AIR POLLUTION shall mean the presence in the ambient air 
space of one or more contaminants or combinations thereof 
in such concentrations and of such duration as to unreason- 
ably interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life and 
property or the conduct of business. 

3.2.3 NOISE shall mean sound of sufficient intensity and/or dura- 
tion as to cause or contribute to a condition of air pollution. 

3.2.4 NOISE DISTURBANCE shall mean any sound which (a) en- 
dangers or injures the safety or health of humans or animals, 
or (b) annoys or disturbs a reasonable person of normal sen- 
sitivities, or (c) endangers or injures personal or real property. 

3.2.5 SOUND LEVEL METER shall mean an instrument meeting 
American National Standard Institute's Standard SI. 4-1971 or 
most recent revision thereof for Type 1 or Type 2 sound level 
meters or an instrument and the associated recording and 
analyzing equipment which will provide equivalent data. 

3.2.6 AMBIENT NOISE shall mean the level exceeded ninety (90) 
percent of the time (L90) in any hour without the source in 
question. 

3.2.7 "A" WEIGHTED DECIBEL (dBA) shall mean a decibel 
measured with a sound level meter that is adjusted to respond 
to sounds in the same way the human ear does. 

ARTICLE IV ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONS 

The police department, fire department, board of health 
officials or building inspector or his designee acting within 
his jurisdictional area is hereby authorized to implement and 
enforce this ordinance. 



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ARTICLE V PROHIBITED ACTS 

No person shall unreasonably make, continue, or cause to be 
made or continued, any noise disturbance. Non-commercial 
public speaking and public assembly activities conducted on 
any public space or public right-of-way shall be exempt from 
the operation of this section. 

ARTICLE VI EXCEPTIONS 

The provisions of this Article shall not apply to (a) the emis- 
sion of sound for the purpose of alerting persons to the 
existence of an emergency, or (b) the emission of sound in 
the performance of emergency work, or (c) the emission of 
sound from maintenance equipment such as mowers and 
power saws between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday 
through Saturday, and 9 ajn. and 9 p.m. Sunday, or (d) the 
emission of sound from church bells. 

ARTICLE Vn MAXIMUM PERMISSIBLE SOUND LEVELS BY RECEIV- 
ING LAND USE 

No person shall operate or cause to be operated any noise 
source which increases the ambient noise by more than ten 
(10) dBA as measured with a sound level meter at the proper- 
ty line of a residence . 

ARTICLE Vni MOTOR VEHICLE MUFFLERS OR SOUND DISSIPATIVE 
DEVICES 

No person shall operate or cause to be operated any motor 
vehicle or motorcycle not equipped with a muffler or other 
sound dissipative device in good working order and in constant 
operation. 

ARTICLE IX VIOLATIONS 

Any violation of this ordinance is declared to be a pubHc 
nuisance and may be abated in accordance with law. 

ARTICLE X SEVERABILITY 

Each of these regulations shall be construed as separate to 
the end that if any regulation or sentence, clause, or phrases 
thereof shall be held invalid for any reason, the remainder 
of that regulation shall continue in full force. 

Article 36. The moderator called for a voice vote. The vote was in doubt so 
the moderator called for a hand vote. 

Article 36 defeated by a hand vote, yes 92, to no 184. 

At 11:30 P.M. it was moved, seconded and so voted that the meeting be ad- 
joumed until Tuesday, April 4, 1978 at 7:30 P.M. in the High School Audi- 
torium. 



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TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1978 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator at 8:25 p.m. There were 
235 voters present. 

Checkers previously appointed by the Selectmen reported to work at 7:00 
p.m. Tellers appointed by the Moderator reported at 7:30 p.m. Arthur Lehr, 
Jr., was not present and was replaced by Frederick Howe. 

Article 37. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$20,000.00 to alleviate the existing drainage problem on Jerusalem Road at 
Rattlesnake Run near #619 Jerusalem Road in accordance with the plans and 
recommendations as set forth in "Report of HydrauUc Studies Jerusalem Road 
at Rattlesnake Run" by John E. Levreault P. E. & Associates dated December 
1977 and to acquire by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, all necessary 
permanent and temporary easements, said Report being on file at the Office of 
the Town Clerk, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town will raise and appropriate by taxation the sum of 
$20,000.00 to alleviate the existing drainage problem on Jerusalem Road at 
Rattlesnake Run near #619 Jerusalem Road in accordance with the plans and 
recommendations as set forth in "Report of Hydraulic Studies Jerusalem Road 
at Rattlesnake Run" by John E. Levreault P. E. & Associates dated December 
1977 and to acquire by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, all necessary 
permanent and temporary easements, said Report being on file at the office of 
the Town Clerk. 

Article 37 defeated by a voice vote. 

Article 38. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$12,500.00 for the installation of street drainage on Doane Street, including 
catch basins, pipes, etc., in accordance with plans and recommendations of John 
E. Levreault, P. E., Consulting Engineer, said plans and recommendations being 
on file at the Office of the Town Clerk, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $12,500.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation for the installation of street drainage on Doane Street, including 
catch basins, pipes, etc., in accordance with plans and recommendations of John 
E. Levreault, P. E., Consulting Engineer, said plans and recommendations being 
on file at the Office of the Town Clerk. 

Article 38 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 39. To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town of Cohasset By- 
Laws Article 14, Section 2, by striking same and inserting in place thereof the* 
following: 

All accounts of the Town shall be audited biennially, either under the super- 
vision of the Director of Accounts, Department of Corporations and Taxation, 
in accordance with the provisions of Section 35 of Chapter 44 of the Massachu- 
setts General Laws, or by a person selected by the Board of Selectmen in ac- 
cordance with Section 42 of Chapter 44 of Massachusetts General Laws, or act 
on anything relating thereto. 



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Moved. That the Town of Cohasset By-Laws Article 14, Section 2, be and 
hereby is amended by striking same and inserting in place thereof the following: 

All accounts of the Town shall be audited biennially, either under the super- 
vision of the Director of Accounts, Department of Corporations and Taxation, 
in accordance with the provisions of Section 35 of Chapter 44 of the Massachu- 
setts General Laws, or by a person selected by the Board of Selectmen in ac- 
cordance with Section 42 of Chapter 44 of Massachusetts General Laws. 

Article 39 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 40. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate a sum of 
$10,000.00 to refurbish Milliken practice field for athletic purposes, or act on 
anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $10,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated to refur- 
bish Milliken practice field for athletic purposes, and to meet said appropria- 
tion the sum of $163.47 is transferred from the Arthur N. Milliken Recreation 
Trust Fund account and the balance of $9,836.53 is raised by taxation. 

Article 40 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 41. To see if the Town will^authoriz^ the appointment by the Chair- 
man of the Board of Selectmen, the Chairman of the Advisory Board, and the 
Town Moderator, of a committee of five (5) to pursue and oversee the feasi- 
bihty of the construction of a municipal garage, and to see if the Town wiQ 
vote to raise and appropriate a sum of money to effectuate said purpose, or act 
on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, the Chairman of the 
Advisory Board, and the Town Moderator be and hereby are authorized to 
appoint a committee of five (5) to pursue and oversee the feasibiHty of the 
construction of a municipal garage. 

Article 41 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 42. To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from available water 
surplus the sum of $20,000.00 for the purpose of cleaning, painting and mainte- 
nance of the Water Storage Standpipe, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $20,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated from 
water surplus revenue for the purpose of cleaning, painting and maintenance 
of the Water Storage Standpipe. 

Article 42 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 43. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$12,000.00 to purchase and install an auxiliary electric generator at the Sewer 
Treatment Plant, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $12,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation to purchase and install an auxiliary electric generator at the Sewer 
Treatment Plant. 

Article 43 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 



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Article 44. (Engineering study and appraisals authorized by Article 8 of 
Special Town Meeting of December 6, 1976.) To see if the Town will authorize 
and direct the Board of Selectmen to petition the Norfolk County Commis- 
sioners to lay out a county way from the Easterly termination of existing county 
way on Elm Street continuing Easterly about 275 feet on Margin Street toward 
Stockbridge Street. Said layout shall conform to a plan prepared by the Norfolk 
County Engineer entitled "Plan showing parcels of land proposed to laid out as 
part of Margin Street" dated February 17, 1978, a copy of said plan is on file 
in the Office of the Town Clerk, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Board of Selectmen be authorized and directed to petition 
the Norfolk County Commissioners to lay out a county way from the Easterly 
termination of existing county way on Elm Street continuing Easterly about 275 
feet on Margin Street toward Stockbridge Street. Said layout shall conform to a 
plan prepared by the Norfolk County Engineer entitled "Plan showing parcels 
of land proposed to be laid out as part of Margin Street" dated February 17, 
1978, a copy of said plan is on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. 

Article 44 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 45. To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$1,000.00 for the purpose of relocating a section of sidewalk on Margin Street, 
or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 45 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 46. To see if the Town will vote to provide ambulance service, at no 
charge, to the residents of the Town. 

Stephen F. Wigmore, 32 Ash Street 
James R. Sheerin, 505 C. J. C. Way 
Bartholemew Winn, 280 North Main Street 
Edward F. Goff, 26 Tupelo Road 
Frederick L. Huntwork, 50 Elm Court 
Peter G. Laugelle, 17 King Street 
Charles F. Dolan, 16 Oak Street 
Anthony C. Sestito, 185 South Main Street 
Joseph S. Conroy, 105 Border Street 
Robert G. Noonan, 26 Ash Street 

Moved. That the Town provide ambulance service, at no charge, to the 
residents of the Town. 

Article 46 defeated by a voice vote. 

RESOLUTION PRESENTED BY MARY JEANETTE MURRAY 

Resolved, that the sense of this meeting be in favor of the Fire Station Study 
Committee, the Town Office Study Committee and the Municipal Garage Con- 
struction Committee coordinate their efforts to effect a consolidation of the 
departments of the Town of Cohasset. 



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A voice vote was called for by the Moderator and he declared that it was an 
even expression. 

Article 47. To see if the Town wiU vote to amend its By-Laws by adding 
thereto the following provision: 

'DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS 

(a) Hunting and the discharge of firearms, air rifles, and pellet gums is pro- 
hibited within all of that part of the Town of Cohasset bounded and described 
as follows: 

Westerly: By South Main Street; 

Northerly: By Elm Street and a portion of Cohasset Harbor; 

Easterly: By portions of Cohasset Harbor and the Gulf River; 

Southerly: By the Scituate Town Line; 

All of which area is delineated in red ink on a copy of the Cohasset Zoning 
District maps filed with the Office of the Town Clerk. 

(b) This By-Law shall not apply to the lawful defense of Hfe or property nor 
to any law enforcement officer acting in the discharge of his duties. 

(c) This By-Law shall not apply to hunting or the discharge of firearms by 
any person on land owned or legally occupied by such person subject to the 
provision of existing laws. 

(d) The penalty for the violation of the foregoing shall not exceed $100.00 
for each offence.' 

Moved. That the Town amend its By-Laws by adding thereto the following 
provision: 

'DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS 

(a) Hunting and the discharge of firearms, air rifles, and pellet guns is pro- 
hibited within all of that part of the Town of Cohasset bounded and described 
as follows: 

Westerly : By South Main Street ; 

Northerly: By Elm Street and a portion of Cohasset Harbor; 

Easterly: By portions of Cohasset Harbor and the Gulf River; 

Southerly: By the Scituate Town Line ; 

All of which area is delineated in red ink on a copy of the Cohasset Zoning 
District Maps filed with the Office of the Town Clerk. 

(b) This By-Law shall not apply to the lawful defense of Ufe or property nor 
to any law enforcement officer acting in the discharge of his duties. 

(c) This By-Law shall not apply to hunting or the discharge of firearms by 
any person on land owned or legally occupied by such person subject to the 
provisions of existing laws. 

(d) The penalty for the violation of the foregoing shall not exceed $100.00 
for each offence.' 

Article 47 voted by a voice vote. 



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RESOLUTION PRESENTED BY EDWIN PRATT 

Resolved, that it is the sense of this meeting that the Board of Water Com- 
missioners consider designating the New Water Treatment Plant as the "Lilly 
Pond Water Treatment Facility." 

Resolution voted by a voice vote. 

Article 48. To see if the Town will vote to accept Chapter 665 of the Acts of 
1977, which Act permits cities and towns to establish recreation and park, self- 
supporting service revolving funds, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town accept Chapter 665 of the Acts of 1977, which Act 
permits cities and towns to establish recreation and park, self-supporting service 
revolving funds and which amends General By-Laws Chapter 44 by inserting 
after Section 53C a new Section 5 3D. 

Article 48 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 49. To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of 
$50,000.00 for the purpose of obtaining topographical mapping of entire Town 
by aerial photo-grammetrical procedures to aid and assist the Drainage Commit- 
tee and all other Town Boards in fulfilling their responsibilities, or take any 
action relative thereto. 

Moved. That the sum of $50,000.00 be and hereby is raised and appropriated 
by taxation for the purpose of obtaining topographical mapping of entire Town 
by aerial photogrammetrical procedures to aid and assist the Drainage Commit- 
tee and all other Town Boards in fulfilling their responsibilities. 

Article 49 defeated by a voice vote. 

At 10:30 p.m. it was Moved: That this meeting be adjourned until Saturday, 
April 8, 1978 at 8:00 ajn. at the Town Hall Auditorium for the Election of 
Town Officers. 

Voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

ATTEST: Charles A. Marks, Town Clerk 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 
TOWN ELECTION OF APRIL 8, 1978 

The Polls opened at 8:00 A.M. by the Moderator David E. Place. 

The following Election Officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Charles A. 
Marks at 7:30 A.M. 

Precinct 1 & 2 



Samuel Hassan, Warden 
Mary N. Grassie, Clerk 
Anthony J. Rosano, Clerk 
Carol Beggan, Inspector 
Patricia J. Buckley, Inspector 
Eileen M. Buckley, Inspector 
Mary D. MigUaccio, Inspector 
Robert Pape, Inspector 
Grace R. Tuckerman, Inspector 
Bernard Mulcahy, Inspector 
Dorothea Bjorkgren, Inspector 
Donna McGee, Inspector 
Mary Fiori, Inspector 
Janice Rosano, Inspector 
Marguerite Lib by, Inspector 
Jean Salvador, Inspector 
Domenic Baccari, Inspector 
Irma M. James, Inspector 
John Cossart, Inspector 
Peggy Hassan, Inspector 



Reported at 3:00 P.M. 
Reported at 3:00 P.M. 
Reported at 3:00 P.M. 
Reported at 3:00 P.M. 



Precinct 1 — Anthony J. Rosano Precinct Clerk 

The ballot box registered at 0000 at precinct opening. 



A. 



B. 



D. 



E. 



F. 



Number of card ballots received 
(60 packets X 50 = A) 

Number of unused card ballots 
(34 packets x 50 plus number 44 
remaining in partially used packers = B) 

Number of card ballots used 
(Subtract B from A) 

Number of spoiled ballot cards 
(Total from Envelope #3) 

Actual number of card ballots cast 
(Subtract D from C) 

Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box 
Ballot card absentees 52 

Ballot paper absentees 



A. 


3,000 


B. 


1,744 


C. 


1,256 


D. 


12 


E. 


1,144 


F. 


52 



177 



G. 


1,196 


H. 


1,197 


I. 
J. 




1,196 



G. Total number of ballots in ballot box 
(Add E and F) 

H. Ballot box registered at closing of poUs 
(G and H should be the same) 
(ONE BALLOT RANG TWICE) 

L Subtract paper absentee amount 

J. Card ballots to computer center 

This record will accompany card ballots to computer center locked inside 
ballot carry case. 

Precinct 2 - Mary N. Grassie Precinct Clerk 

The ballot box registered at 0000 at precinct opening. 

A. Number of card ballots received 
(40 packets X 50 = A) 

B. Number of unused card ballots plus 5 
(17 packets x 50 plus number 
remaining in partially used packets = B) 

C. Number of card ballots used 
(Subtract B from A) 

D. Number of spoiled ballot cards 
(Total from Envelope #3) 

E. Actual number of card ballots cast 
(Subtract D from C) 

F. Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box 
Ballot card absentees 38 
Ballot paper absentees 

G. Total number of ballots in ballot box 
(Add E and F) 

H. Ballot box registered at closing of polls 
(G and H should be the same) 

L Subtract paper absentee amount 
(Subtract I from H) 

J. Card ballots to computer center 

This record wiU accompany card ballots to computer center locked inside 
ballot carry case. 

NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 



A. 


2,000 


B. 


876 


C. 


1,124 


D. 


11 


E. 


1,113 


F. 


38 


G. 


1,151 


H. 


1,151 


L 





J. 


1,151 



MODERATOR for three years 








David E. Place 


940 


843 


1783 


Blanks 


256 


308 


564 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 



178 



NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 



SELECTMEN for three years 








Arthur L. Clark 


850 


770 


1620 


Lester B. Hiltz 


261 


299 


560 


Blanks 


85 


82 


167 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


ASSESSOR for three years 








Warren S.Pratt 


602 


671 


1273 


Chartis B. Langmaid 


503 


363 


866 


Blanks 


91 


117 


208 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


TREASURER-COLLECTOR for three years 






Gordon E. Flint 


992 


922 


1914 


Blanks 


204 


229 


433 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


fflGHWAY SURVEYOR for three years 








Peter J. Collins 


508 


392 


900 


Harold W. Utchfield 


650 


722 


1372 


Blanks 


38 


37 


75 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


SCHOOL COMMITTEE for three years 








Anne W. Baird 


663 


445 


1108 


Frank W. England 


629 


615 


1244 


Patricia Anne Walsh 


617 


658 


1275 


Blanks 


483 


584 


1067 


Total 


2392 


2302 


4694 


SCHOOL COMMITTEE for one year 








Irene E. Brown 


855 


807 


1662 


Frank England 





1 


1 


Patricia Anne Walsh 





1 


1 


Blanks 


341 


342 


683 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


TRUSTEE OF COHASSET FREE 








PUBLIC LIBRARY for three years 








Sheila S. Evans 


871 


723 


1594 


Cordeha T. Foell 


799 


626 


1425 


Doris R. McNulty 


810 


696 


1506 


Blanks 


1108 


1408 


2516 


Total 


3588 


3453 


7041 


BOARD OF HEALTH for three years 








Roger A. Pompeo 


855 


792 


1647 


Robert T. Sceery 




1 


1 


Blanks 


341 


358 


699 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


179 







NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 



PLANNING BOARD for five years 








Martha K. Gjesteby 


282 


375 


657 


Leavitt T. Goodwin 


164 


226 


390 


Barbara M.Power 


612 


368 


980 


Blanks 


138 


182 


320 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


PLANNING BOARD for one year 








John E. Bradley 


846 


735 


1581 


Martha K. Gjesteby 




1 


1 


Blanks 


350 


415 


765 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


PLANNING BOARD for two years 








Patricia G. Facey 


858 


749 


1607 


Blanks 


338 


402 


740 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


RECREATION COMMISSION for five 


years 






Richard P. Barrow 


886 


817 


1703 


Blanks 


310 


334 


644 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


S. S. REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMIllEE 






for three years 








Sumner Smith, Jr. 


961 


847 


1808 


Blanks 


235 


304 


539 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 


WATER COMMISSIONER for three years 






Joseph M. Gwinn 


553 


380 


933 


William J. Montuori 


475 


578 


1053 


Blanks 


168 


193 


361 


Total 


1196 


1151 


2347 



QUESTION NO. 1 

Shall the Town distribute to its insured employees, after deducting the town's 
total administrative cost, a balance of any group insurance dividend which shall 
be based upon the employees' proportionate share of the total premiums paid 
for all insurance coverages? 

YES 534 528 1062 

NO 492 469 961 

Blanks 170 154 324 

Total 1196 1151 2347 



180 



Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 

QUESTION NO. 2 

Shall the Town purchase additional group life and group accidental death and 
dismemberment insurance for employees in accordance with the provisions of 
Chapter thirty -two B of the General Laws with no premium contribution by the 
Town? 

YES 
NO 
Blanks 
Total 

Polls closed at 6:00 P.M. Meeting was declared dissolved at 8:05 P.M. 

ATTEST: Charles A. Marks 

Town Clerk of Cohasset 

A true copy 



590 


584 


1174 


423 


413 


836 


183 


154 


337 


196 


1151 


2347 



181 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT STATE PRIMARY 
SEPTEMBER 19, 1978 

The following election officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Charles A. 
Marks at 7:30 A.M. 



Samuel Hassan, Warden 
Jean M. Salvador, Inspector 
Dorothy Bjorkren, Inspector 
Donna J. McGee, Inspector 
Janice M. Rosano, Inspector 
Marguerite Libby, Inspector 
Joan M. St. John, Inspector 
Anthony J. Rosano, Clerk 
A. Patricia Barrow, Inspector 



Mary N. Grassie, Clerk 
Carol Beggan, Inspector 
Eileen M. Buckley, Inspector 
Mary D. Migliaccio, Inspector 
Maria R. Pape, Inspector 
Robert S. Pape 
Grace Tuckerman 
Carol Townsend 



Reported at 4:00 P.M. Arthur L. Lehr, Irma James reported at 5:30 P.M. and 
at 6:15 P.M. Dominic M. Baccari. 

The Warden received in Precinct 1 1500 Democratic ballots, RepuWican bal- 
lots 1500, American ballots 50. 

Precinct 2, 1500 Democratic ballots, 1500 Republican ballots, American 
ballots 25. 

Precinct 1 

The ballot box registered at 0000 at opening. 



A. 



B. 



C. 



D. 



E. 



F. 



Number of card ballots received 




(30 R packets X 50) 
(30 D packets x 50) 


1,500 R 
A. 1,500 D 


Number of unused card ballots 


B. 1,892 


(37) packets x 50 plus number 
remaining in partially used packets (42) 




Number of card ballots used 


C. 1,108 


(Subtract B from A) 




Number of spoiled ballot cards 
(Total from envelope #3) 


D. 16 


Actual number of card ballots cast 


E. 1,092 


(Subtract D from C) 




Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box 
Ballot card absentees 19 


F. 19 


Total number of ballots in ballot box 


G. 1,111 


(Add E and F) 




Ballot box registered at closing of polls 


H. 1,111 



H. 

(G and H should be the same) 



182 



I. 

J. Card ballots to computer center 
Precinct 2 

The ballot box registered at 0000 at opening. 
A. 



I. 

J. 1,111 



C. 



D. 



E. 



F. 



G. 



H. 



Number of card ballots received 






(30 R packets x 50) 
(30 D packets x 50) 




1,500 R 
A. 1,500 D 


Number of unused card ballots 




B. 2,135 


(42) packets x 50 plus number 
remaining in partially used packets 35) 






Number of card ballots used 




C. 865 


(Subtract B from A) 






Number of spoiled ballot cards 
(Total from Envelope #3) 




D. 11 


Actual number of card ballots cast 




E. 854 


(Subtract D from C) 






Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box 
Ballot card absentees 13 


F. 13 


Total number of ballots in ballot box 




G. 867 


(Add E and F) 






Ballot box registered at closing of polls 
(G and H should be the same) 




H. 867 


Card ballot to computer center 




J. 867 


Prec. #1 


Prec. #2 


TOTAL 



NAME 



DEMOCRATIC PARTY 



SENATOR IN CONGRESS 








Kathleen Sullivan Alioto 


73 


65 


138 


Paul Guzzi 


120 


128 


248 


Elaine Noble 


42 


38 


80 


Howard Phillips 


55 


35 


90 


Paul E. Tsongas 


189 


143 


332 


Avi Nelson 




1 


1 


Edward W. Brooke 




1 


1 


Blanks 


20 


20 


40 


GOVERNOR 








Michael S. Dukakis 


236 


165 


401 


Barbara Ackerman 


19 


30 


49 


Edward J. King 


235 


227 


462 


Blanks 


10 


8 


18 



183 



NAMES 



Prec. #1 



Prec. #2 



TOTAL 



LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 



Thomas P. O'Neill, III 


360 


320 


680 


Blanks 


140 


110 


250 


SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT 








Norfolk & Plymouth County 








Allan R. McKinnon 


334 


303 


637 


Thomas J. Barry 




1 


1 


Blanks 


166 


127 


292 


REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL 








COURT 








CaroHne J. Stouffer 


292 


228 


520 


Edmund Demko 


149 


163 


312 


Mary Jeanette Murray 




5 


5 


Blanks 


59 


39 


93 


ATTORNEY GENERAL 








Francis X. Bellotti 


33 


290 


621 


Blanks 


169 


140 


309 


SECRETARY 








Michael Joseph Connolly 


107 


95 


202 


David E. Crosby 


47 


35 


82 


John Fulham 


23 


28 


51 


William James Galvin, Jr. 


26 


23 


49 


James W. Hennigan, Jr. 


46 


44 


90 


Ix)is G. Pines 


168 


117 


285 


Anthony J. Vigliotti 


17 


18 


35 


Blanks 


66 


70 


136 


TREASURER 








Robert Q. Crane 


203 


170 


373 


Lawrence E. Black 


8 


11 


19 


Paul R. Cacchiotti 


5 


14 


19 


Lawrence S. DiCara 


187 


136 


323 


Thomas D. Lopes 


15 


16 


31 


Dayce Philip Moore 


25 


28 


53 


Blanks 


57 


55 


112 


DISTRICT ATTORNEY 








Norfolk District 








William D. Delahunt 


324 


303 


627 


Blanks 


176 


127 


303 


REGISTER OF PROBATE AND 








INSOLVENCY 








Paul C. Gay 


191 


161 


352 


Thomas Patrick Hughes 


154 


158 


312 


Blanks 


155 


158 


266 



184 



NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 

AUDITOR 



Thaddeus Buczko 


219 


190 


409 


Peter G. Meade 


214 


185 


399 


Blanks 


61 


55 


122 


REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 








Gerry E. Studds 


408 


352 


760 


WilUamD. Weeks 




1 


1 


Blanks 


92 


78 


169 


GOVERNOR'S COUNCILLOR 








Fourth District 








Patrick J. McDonough 


135 


85 


220 


William B. Golden 


308 


305 


613 


Blanks 


57 


40 


97 


COUNTY COMMISSIONER 








Norfolk County 








David C. Ahem 


116 


101 


217 


Harold Davis 


30 


27 


57 


Thomas F. Egan 


12 


11 


23 


Edmund P. Harrington 


82 


101 


183 


Paul J. Hartnett, Jr. 


23 


13 


39 


Francis W. O'Brien 


55 


53 


108 


Blanks 


179 


124 


303 


COUNTY TREASURER 








Norfolk County 








James M. Collins 


276 


280 


556 


Norman B. Cohen 


60 


57 


117 


Blanks 


164 


93 


257 


REPUBLICAN PARTY 








SENATOR IN CONGRESS 








Edward W. Brooke 


325 


241 


566 


Avi Nelson 


266 


183 


449 


Blanks 


20 


13 


33 


GOVERNOR 








Francis W. Hatch, Jr. 


304 


211 


515 


Edward F. King 


273 


191 


464 


Blanks 


34 


35 


69 


LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 








William I. Cowin 


313 


192 


505 


Peter L. McDowell 


165 


141 


306 


Blanks 


133 


104 


237 



185 



NAMES 

SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT 

Norfolk & Plymouth District 



Prec. #1 



Prec. #2 



TOTAL 



Thomas J. Barry 
Allan R. McKinnon 
Blanks 


124 
2 


72 


196 

2 


REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL 

COURT Third Plymouth District 

Mary Jeanette Murray 

CaroUne Stouffer 

Josephine Mahoney 

Thomas P. Lincoln 

Fred Copeman 

Blanks 


429 
4 
1 
1 

182 


338 

2 

2 
99 


767 
6 
1 
1 

2 

271 


ATTORNEY GENERAL 

WiUiam F.Weld 
Blanks 


461 
150 


303 
134 


764 

284 


SECRETARY 
John W. Sears 
Blanks 


486 

125 


326 
111 


812 
236 


TREASURER 
Lewis S. W. Crampton 
Blanks 


463 

148 


305 
132 


768 
280 



DISTRICT ATTORNEY 

REGISTER OF PROBATE & INSOLVENCY 
Norfolk County 



AUDITOR 
William A. Casey 
Blanks 



437 
174 



274 
163 



711 
337 



REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 

COUNCILOR 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER 

COUNTY TREASURER 

Polls were closed at 8:00 P.M., meeting was dissolved at 10:30 P.M. 

Charles A. Marks 
Town Qerk of Cohasset 



186 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT STATE ELECTION 
NOVEMBER 7, 1978 

The following election officers were sworn in by Town Clerk Charles A. 
Marks at 7:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. 

Samuel Hassan, Warden Mary N. Grassie , Clerk 

Anthony J. Rosano, Clerk Carol Beggan, Inspector 

Donna J. McGee, Inspector Eileen M. Buckley, Inspector 

Janice M. Rosano, Inspector Maria R. Pape, Inspector 

A. Patricia Barrow, Inspector Robert S. Pape, Inspector 

Jean Salvador, Inspector Grace Tuckerman, Inspector 

Dorothy Bjorkren, Inspector Frances Howley, Inspector 

Mary A. Fiori, Inspector Nancy E. Sladen, Inspector 

Barbara Anderson, Inspector Domenic M. Baccari, Inspector 

Margaret Stoughton, Inspector Irma M. James, Inspector 

The Warden received 5500 Ballots, Ballot box in Precinct 1 registered 0000, 
Ballot box in Precinct 2 registered 0000. 

The Polls were opened at 8:00 A.M. by Warden Samuel Hassan. 

Precinct 1 

Ballot box registered 0000 at opening. 

A. Number of card ballots received A. 3,000 
(60) packers x 50) 

B. Number of unused card ballots B. 1,194 
(23 packets x 50 plus number 

remaining in partially used packers) 

C. Number of card ballots used C. 1,806 
(Subtract B from A) 

D. Number of spoiled ballot cards D. 17 
(Total from Envelope #3) 

E. Actual number of card ballots cast E. 1 ,789 
(Subtract D from C) 

F. Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box F. 96 

G. Total number of ballots in ballot box G. 1 ,885 
(Add E and F) 

H. Ballot box registered at closing of polls H. 1 ,885 

(G and H should be the same) 

J. Card ballots to computer center J. 1,885 



187 



Precinct 2 

The Ballot box registered at 0000 at opening. 

A. Number of card ballots received A. 2,500 
(50 packets x 50) 

B. Number of unused card ballots B. 1,004 
(20 + 4 packets x 50 plus number 

remaining in partially used packers) 

C. Number of card ballots used C. 1,496 
(Total B from A) 

D. Number of spoiled ballot cards D. 4 
(Total from Envelope #3) 

E. Actual number of card ballots cast E. 1 ,492 
(Subtract D from C) 

F. Number of absentee ballots deposited into ballot box F. 56 

G. Total number of ballots in ballot box G. 1 ,548 
(Add E and F) 

H. Ballot box registered at closing of polls H. 1,548 

(G and H should be the same) 

J. Card ballots to computer center J. 1,548 

NAMES Free. #1 Free. #2 TOTAL 

SENATOR IN CONGRESS 

Edward W. Brooke 1108 881 1989 

Faul E. Tsongas 708 607 1315 

Avi Nelson 3 2 5 

Blanks 66 58 124 

Total 1885 1548 3433 

GOVERNOR-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 

Hatch and Cowin 1027 748 1775 

King and O'Neill 786 728 1514 

Michael Dukakis 7 7 14 

Thomas O'Neil 2 1 3 

Blanks 63 64 127 

Total 1885 1548 3433 

ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Francis X. Bellotti 1127 1060 2187 

WilUam F.Weld 689 434 1123 

Blanks 69 54 123 

Total 1885 1548 3433 



188 



NAMES 



Prec. #1 



Prec. #2 



TOTAL 



SECRETARY 








Michael Joseph Connolly 


648 


623 


1271 


John W. Sears 


1122 


805 


1927 


Blanks 


115 


120 


235 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


TREASURER 








Robert Q. Crane 


723 


693 


1416 


Lewis S. W. Crampton 


1054 


740 


1794 


Blanks 


108 


115 


223 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


AUDITOR 








Thaddeus Buczko 


823 


742 


1565 


Timothy F. O'Brien 


913 


660 


1573 


Blanks 


149 


146 


295 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 








Gerry E. Studds 


1500 


1235 


2735 


WilUamD. Weeks 


1 




1 


Thomas Lincohi 


1 




1 


Blanks 


383 


313 


696 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


COUNCILLOR 








Patrick J. McDonough 


990 


775 


1765 


Thomas D. Lincoln 


1 




1 


Blanks 


894 


773 


1667 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


SENATOR IN GENERAL COURT 








Allen R. McKinnon 


846 


826 


1672 


Thomas J. Barry 


873 


587 


1460 


Blanks 


166 


135 


301 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT 






Mary Jeanette Murray 


1147 


1042 


2189 


Caroline J. Stouffer 


701 


472 


1173 


Blanks 


37 


34 


71 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


DISTRICT ATTORNEY 








William D. Delahunt 


1267 


1070 


2337 


Thomas D. Lincoln 


1 




1 


Blanks 


617 


478 


1095 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 



189 



NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 



REGISTER OF PROBATE AND 








INSOLVENCY 








Thomas Patrick Hughes 
Thomas D. Lincobi 


1193 

1 


993 


2186 

1 


Blanks 


691 


555 


1246 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


COUNTY COMMISSIONER 








David C. Ahearn 


1135 


951 


1246 


Thomas D. Lincoln 


1 




1 


Blanks 


749 


597 


1346 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


COUNTY TREASURER 








James M. Collins 


1148 


977 


2125 


Thomas D. Lincoln 


1 




1 


Blanks 


736 


571 


1307 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


QUESTION 1. 
YES 


864 


766 


1630 


NO 


960 


728 


1688 


Blanks 


61 


54 


115 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


QUESTION 2. 
YES 


1340 


961 


2301 


NO 


338 


378 


716 


Blanks 


207 


209 


416 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


QUESTION 3. 
YES 


1224 


974 


2198 


NO 


475 


409 


884 


Blanks 


186 


165 


351 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


QUESTION 4. 
YES 


1214 


930 


2144 


NO 


448 


420 


868 


Blanks 


223 


198 


421 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 


QUESTION 5. 
YES 


912 


642 


1554 


NO 


704 


666 


1370 


Blanks 


269 


240 


509 


Total 


1885 


1548 


3433 



190 



NAMES Prec. #1 Prec. #2 TOTAL 

QUESTION 6. 

YES 

NO 

Blanks 
Total 

QUESTION?. 

YES 

NO 

Blanks 

Total 

QUESTION 8. 

YES 

NO 

Blanks 
Total 

Meeting dissolved at 1 1 :00 P.M. 

ATTEST: 

A true copy 



1114 


880 


1994 


602 


502 


1104 


169 


166 


335 


1885 


1548 


3433 


1137 


821 


1958 


549 


542 


1091 


199 


185 


384 


1885 


1548 


3433 


1223 


917 


2160 


282 


284 


566 


380 


347 


727 


1885 


1548 


3433 


Charles A. Marks 




Town Clerk 






Cohasset, Mass. 


02025 





191 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
NOVEMBER 13, 1978 

At the annual business meeting held at the Cohasset High School Auditorium 
at 7:30 P.M. November 13, 1978, the following articles were contained in the 
Warrant and acted upon as recorded. 

Checkers previously appointed by the Selectmen for the entrance and sworn 
in by Town Clerk Charles A. Marks at 7:00 P.M. were Margaret C. Heman, 
Frances L. Marks, Mary E. Grassie, Mary M. Brennock, Barbara Williams and 
Constance Jones. 

Tellers appointed by the Moderator David E. Place reported to work at 7:30 
P.M. were Edward E. Tower, Bernard Mulcahy, Robert Pape and Arthur L. Lehr, 
Jr. 

The number of voters present as checked on the incoming voting Hsts was 

352. 

The meeting was called to order by the Moderator at 7:50 P.M. and the Town 
Qerk proceeded to read the call of the meeting. 

The invocation was given by Reverend Robert Campbell. 

Article 1. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Doris C. 
Golden, Chairman of the School Committee.) 

To see if the Town will accept a collective bargaining agreement made by and 
between the Town of Cohasset and the Cohasset Teachers Association and to 
appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) the sum of $48,000.00 to effectu- 
ate said agreement or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town accept a collective bargaining agreement made by and 
between the Town of Cohasset and the Cohasset Teachers Association and that 
the sum of $43,000.00 be appropriated from surplus revenue (free cash) to 
effectuate said agreement. 

Article 1 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 2. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Arthur L. 
Clark, Chairman and others.) 

To see if the Town will vote to accept a gift from the Beechwood Improve- 
ment Association, Incorporated in the amount of $4,000.00 to establish a public 
trust to be known as "The Beechwood Improvement Association Recreational 
Trust" which trust shall be held and administered under the following terms: 

1. The principal ($4,000.00) will not be available for use under any circum- 
stances. The interest will be available for use on an annual basis or can be accrued 
for several years and drawn out in full at that time. 

2. The proceeds from this trust are to be used for the recreational, physical 
and/or emotional advancement of the young people (14 years of age and under) 
of the "Beechwood area" of Cohasset. This would include the purchase of sup- 



192 



plies, equipment, improvements, special programs, etc. within the "Beechwood 
area" of Cohasset, but would exclude the use of these funds for "usual and 
normal" maintenance and repair of Town properties (such as normal mainte- 
nance and repair of the Town park at the comer of Beechwood Street and 
Doane Street). Furthermore, it is not to be construed that an expenditure for 
any other part of the Town will benefit those in the "Beechwood area" and 
therefore, fall within the parameters of this trust. 

a) The "Beechwood area" for the purpose of this trust, shall be defined as 
the part of the Town of Cohasset which is west of Bound Brook as it now lies. 

3. Requests for use of these funds may be made by anyone (not necessarily 
an adult) living in the "Beechwood area". 

4. The Town Treasurer shall be solely responsible for deciding which re- 
quest(s) shall be funded or whether any request(s) shall be funded, but he may 
seek the advice of any person or group which he may feel has a better under- 
standing of the needs of the young people of the "Beechwood area" than he 
does. 

5. Should there be no request for the use of these funds for 30 (thirty) con- 
secutive years; the entire amount (principal plus interest) shall be given in equal 
shares to the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations of the Town of Cohasset 
or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town accept a gift from the Beechwood Improvement 
Association, Incorporated in the amount of $4,000.00 to establish a pubHc 
trust to be known as "The Beechwood Improvement Association Recreational 
Trust" which trust shall be held and administered under the following terms: 

1. The principal ($4,000.00) will not be available for use under any circum- 
stances. The interest will be available for use on an annual basis or can be 
accrued for several years and drawn out in full at that time. 

2. The proceeds from this trust are to be used for the recreational, physical 
and/or emotional advancement of the young people (14 years of age and under) 
of the "Beechwood area" of Cohasset. This would include the purchase of 
suppUes, equipment, improvements, etc. within the "Beechwood area" of Co- 
hasset, but would exclude the use of these funds for "usual and normal" mainte- 
nance and repair of Town properties (such as normal maintenance and repair of 
the Town park at the comer of Beechwood Street and Doane Street). Further- 
more, it is not to be construed that an expenditure for any other part of the 
Town will benefit those in the "Beechwood area" and therefore, fall within the 
parameters of this trust. 

a) The "Beechwood area" for the purpose of this tmst, shall be defined as the 
part of the Town of Cohasset which is west of Bound Brook as it now lies. 

3. Requests for use of these funds may be made by anyone (not necessarily 
an adult) living in the "Beechwood area". 

4. The Town Treasurer as tmstee shall be solely responsible for deciding 
which request(s) shall be funded or whether any request(s) shall be funded, 
but he may seek the advice of any person or group which he may feel has a 
better understanding of the needs of the young people of the "Beechwood 
area" than he does. 



193 



5. Should there be no request for the use of these funds for 30 (thirty) con- 
secutive years; the entire amount (principal plus interest) shall be given in 
equal shares to the Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations of the Town of 
Cohasset. 

Article 2 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 3. (Liserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of John W. 
Hobbs, Chairman of the Water Commission.) 

To see if the Town will vote to form a citizen's study committee to consider 
acquisition of the remaining Hingham Water Company lines in the Town of 
Cohasset. Said study group to be composed of five members. The Town Moder- 
ator, the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and the Chairman of the Ad- 
visory Committee, each to appoint one member, and the Chairman of the Water 
Commission to appoint two members. Said citizen's committee to make a writ- 
ten report to the Water Commission of their findings and recommendations on 
or before June 1, 1979 or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town form a citizen's study committee to consider acquisi- 
tion of the remaining Hingham Water Company lines in the Town of Cohasset. 
Said study group to be composed of five members. The Town Moderator, the 
Chairman of the Board of Selectmen and the Chairman of the Advisory Com- 
mittee, shall appoint three members, and the Chairman of the Water Commis- 
sion to appoint two members. Said Citizen's committee to make a written 
report to the Water Commission of their findings and recommendations on or 
before June 1, 1979. 

Article 3 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 4. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Harry H. 
Ritter, Harbor Master.) 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
$1,000.00 to supplement monies appropriated under Article 31 of the 1978 
Annual Town Meeting to rehabilitate by sandblasting, chinking and guniting the 
seawall from Gaffey's Boatyard to the Cohasset Lighthouse parking lot or act 
on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
$1,000.00 to supplement monies appropriated under Article 31 of the 1978 
Annual Town Meeting to rehabilitate by sandblasting, chinking and guniting the 
seawall from Gaffey's Boatyard to the Cohasset Lighthouse parking lot. 

Article 4 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 5. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of John J. 
Rhodes, III, Cohasset Safety Officer.) 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Section 1 lA of Chap- 
ter 85 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which 
chapter deals with the registration of bicycles and fees to be collected for same 
and the appropriate visible evidence of registration or act on anything relating 
thereto. 



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Moved. That the Town accept the provisions of Section llA of Chapter 85 
of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which chapter deals 
with the registration of bicycles and fees to be collected for same and the ap- 
propriate visible evidence of registration. 

Article 5 voice vote was in doubt. The Moderator called for a hand vote. 

Article 5 voted by a hand vote , yes 1 9 1 , to no 118. 

Article 6. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Robert 
Davenport, 135 Sohier Street; Barbara Davenport, 135 Sohier Street; Velma L. 
LaFlamme, 336 No. Main Street; H. Monty LaFlamme, 336 North Main Street; 
Joseph W. Rosano, 223 C. J. C. Way; Wayne Sawchuck, 514 C. J. C. Way; John 
S. Duncomb, 2 Sheldon Road; William T. Barnes, 502 No. Main Street; Patricia 
A. Laugelle, 17 King Street; and John T. Barnes, 336A No. Main Street.) 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
or raise by a bond issue a sum of money to install a water main on Chief Justice 
Cushing Highway running in a Northerly direction from King Street approxi- 
mately 2708 feet to 1 10 Chief Justice Cushing Highway. 

Moved. That the Town appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) sixty-five 
thousand ($65,000.00) dollars to install a water main on Chief Justice Cushing 
Highway running in a northerly direction from King Street approximately 2708 
feet to 1 10 Chief Justice Cushing Highway. 

Article 6 voice vote was in doubt. The Moderator called for a hand vote. 

Article 6 voted by a hand vote, yes 174, to no 129. 

Article 7. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Randolph 
A. Feola, Chief of Police.) 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
$3,000.00 for the Town of Cohasset's share for the purpose of being included 
in the Plymouth County PoHce Radio Network, the Towns share to be 5% of 
the total cost of the project, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
$3,000.00 for the Town of Cohasset's share for the purpose of being included 
in the Plymouth County Police Radio Network, the Towns share to be 5% of 
the total cost of the project. 

Article 7 voted by a voice vote. 

Article 8. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Glenn A. 
Pratt, Chairman of the Planning Board.) 

To delete the definition for Lot Width on page 7 of the Zoning By-Law and 
to substitute the following: "The horizontal distance between the side lot lines 
as measured at the actual front yard depth which may or may not coincide with 
the required front set-back line. The lot width must be parallel with the center 
line of travelled way." 

Moved. That the Town amend the Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Cohasset 
deleting the definition for Lot Width on page 7 of the Zoning By-Law and by 
substituting the following: "The horizontal distance between the side lot lines 



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as measured at the actual front yard depth which may or may not coincide with 
the required front set-back line. The lot width must be parallel with the center 
line of travelled way." 

REPORT OF THE PLANNING BOARD OF ARTICLE 8 

At a Public Hearing held on November 9, 1978, the Planning Board voted 
unanimously to amend the definition of 'Lot Width', Section 2.1 of the Zoning 
By-Law of the Town of Cohasset, to read as follows: 

"The horizontal distance between the side lot lines as measured at the re- 
quired front yard depth which may or may not coincide with the actual front 
setback line. The lot width must be parallel with the center line of travelled way. 

/s/ Glenn Pratt, Chairman 

Article 8 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 9. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Randolph A. 
Feola, Chief of PoHce .) 

To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) 
a sum of money to be used for payment of overtime to poHce department em- 
ployees. This sum to be credited to Account 12-00 Police Department — Per- 
sonal Services, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 9 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 10. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Arthur L. 
Clark, Chairman and Others.) 

To see if the Town wiQ vote to grant a ten foot easement to Marie Blante for 
drainage purposes thru land of the Town of Cohasset running in a generally 
easterly direction south of the Fire Station located at the intersection of HuU 
Street and Jerusalem Road and shown on a plan filed with the Town Clerk to 
which plan reference is hereby made for a more particular description of said 
easement. 

Moved. That the Town grant a ten foot easement to Marie J. Blante for 
drainage purposes through land of the Town of Cohasset running in a generally 
easterly direction south of the Fire Station located at the intersection of Hull 
Street and Jerusalem Road and shown on a plan entitled "Proposed Drainage 
Pipe Installation for Marie J. Blante", dated October 24, 1978 filed with the 
Town Clerk to which plan reference is hereby made for a more particular 
description of said easement. 

Article 10 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Article 11. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur Clark, Chairman and 
Others.) 

To see if the Town will appropriate from surplus revenue (free cash) a sum of 
money for the purpose of paying each permanent full-time employee of the 



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Water Department, Sewer Department, the Highway Department including 
Disposal area employees, Wire Department and Tree Department, a single non- 
returning lump sum payment of $500.00 each or act on anything relating there- 
to. 

Moved. That the full time employees of the Water Department, Sewer De- 
partment, Highway Department including Disposal area employees, Wire De- 
partment and Tree Department who were members of the A.F.C.M.E. local 
1395 and who are presently employed by the Town of Cohasset be paid a single 
non-recurring lump sum payment of $500.00 each and to fund said amount 
that $6,000.00 be appropriated from surplus revenue (free cash) and that 
$2,500.00 be appropriated from water department surplus revenue. 

Article 11 voice vote was in doubt so the Moderator called for a hand vote. 

Article 1 1 defeated by a hand vote, yes 81, to no 145. 

Article 12. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur Clark, Chairman and 
Others.) 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Personnel Classification and Com- 
pensation Plan, Part V, Fringe Items, Section 24 — Vacations, by striking the 
words "15 years or more" under the heading Time Employed in the second 
paragraph thereof, and inserting in place thereof the words "10 years or more" 
or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this Article be postponed indefinitely. 

Article 12 voted unanimously by a voice vote. 

Moved. That this meeting be dissolved. 

Voted unanimously at 10:05 P.M. that this meeting be dissolved. 

ATTEST: Charles A. Marks 

Town Clerk 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING Reconvened at 10:45 a.m. 

Saturday, April 1, 1978, at the Cohasset High School Gymnasium. The fol- 
lowing Articles were contained in the Warrant and acted upon as recorded. 

Checkers previously appointed for entrance by the Selectmen and sworn 
in by Town Clerk Charles A. Marks at 9: 15 ajn. were Mary N. Grassie, Margaret 
C. Hernan, Mary E. Brennock, Joan M. St. John, and Frances L. Marks. 

Tellers appointed by the Moderator and sworn in by the Town Clerk at 9:30 
a.m. were Edward E. Tower, Robert S. Pape, Bernard H. Mulcahy, and Arthur L. 
Lehr, Jr. 

There were 259 voters checked on the incoming voting Usts. 

The meeting was called to order at 10:45 a jn. by Moderator David E. Place, 

Article 13. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of Lot E. 
Bates, Jr., Chairman of the Fire Station Study Committee.) 

To determine whether the Town would authorize the Fire Station Study 
Committee to develop plans and specifications to construct a new consoHdated 
sub fire station and appropriate from Surplus Revenue (free cash) the sum of 
$40,000. for surveys, borings, and architectural and engineering fees for the 
development of said plans and specifications or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Fire Station Study Committee by and hereby is authorized 
to develop plans and specifications to construct a new consolidated sub fire 
station and that the sum of $40,000.00 be and hereby is appropriated from 
surplus revenue, for surveys, borings, and architectural and engineering fees for 
the development of said plans and specifications. 

Amendment. Prior to the expenditure of funds for final plans a sum of not 
more than the 10% of the total appropriation shall be used to obtain approval 
of, as required under Title 5 of the State Sanitary Code. Amendment defeated 
by a voice vote . 

Article 13 Main Motion. Voted by a voice vote. 

Article 14. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen at the request of the Water 
Commissioners, Rocco F. Laugelle, Chairman.) 

To see if the Town wiQ vote to appropriate a sum of money to obtain a 
preliminary engineering report concerning the existing water distribution supply 
within the Town and to make recommendations for the maintenance, improve- 
ment and expansion thereof, or act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town vote to appropriate $40,000.00 to obtain a prelimi- 
nary engineering report concerning the existing water distribution system within 
the Town and to make recommendations for the maintenance, improvement 
and expansion thereof and to meet said appropriation $40,000.00 be and hereby 
is transferred from Water Department Surplus Revenue. 

Article 14 voted by a voice vote. YES 



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Article 2. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur L. Clark, Chairman 
and others.) 

To see if the Town will accept a collective bargaining agreement made by and 
between the Town of Cohasset and the American Federation of State, County 
and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO Council 41, Local 1395, and to see what 
sum of money the Town will appropriate to effectuate said agreement or act on 
anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That this Article be indefinitely postponed. 

Article 2 voted unanimously by a voice vote. YES 

Article 3. (Inserted by the Board of Selectmen, Arthur L. Clark, Chairman 
and others.) 

To see if the Town will accept a collective bargaining agreement made by and 
between the Town of Cohasset and the Cohasset Police Association and to see 
what sum of money the Town will appropriate to effectuate said agreement or 
act on anything relating thereto. 

Moved. That the Town accept a collective bargaining agreement made ty and 
between the Town of Cohasset and the Cohasset Police Association, and that the 
sum of $19,346.00 be appropriated and to meet said appropriation the sum of 
$19^346.00 be and hereby is transferred from Surplus Revenue (free cash) and 
that the sum of $17,776.00 be credited to FoUo 12-00 PoUce Department — 
Personal Services, and the sum of $1,570.00 be credited to Folio 12-01 Police 
Department Expenses. 

Article 3 voted unanimously by a voice vote. YES 

Voted unanimously by a voice vote at 1 1:35 ajn., that the adjourned session 
of the October 1 1 , 1977 Special Town Meeting be dissolved. 

Charles A. Marks 
Town Clerk of Cohasset 

ATTEST: 

A True Copy 



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JANUARY 17, 1978 TUESDAY EVENING 

January 17, 1978 meeting called to order at 8:10 p.m. by the Moderator 
David E. Place. 

A count of voters showed that there were only 95 Voters present. 

Moved at 8:13 pjn. that the meeting be adjourned until Saturday, January 
21, 1978 at l:30pjn. 

JANUARY 21 , 1978 SATURDAY AFTERNOON 

January 21, 1978 meeting called to order at 2:00 p.m. by the Moderator 
David E. Place. 

There were 89 Voters present, not enough for a quorum. 

Gordon E. Flint, Town Treasurer, presented the following Resolution: 

RESOLUTION 

Resolved, that it is the sense of this meeting that the Board of Selectmen 
petition the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enact on 
the following special Act. 



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AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF COHASSET TO RENEW 
CERTAIN FEDERAL AID ANTICIPATION NOTES 

Be it enacted, etc., as follows: 

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any provision of section three of chapter 
seventy-four of the acts of nineteen hundred and forty-five to the contrary, the 
treasurer of the town of Cohasset, with the approval of the selectmen of said 
town, is hereby authorized to issue federal aid anticipation notes of the town, 
in the principal amount of one hundred thousand dollars, payable in not more 
than one year from their dates, in order to pay the federal aid anticipation notes 
of the town in the same amount dated January twenty -seventh, nineteen hun- 
dred and seventy -six, which were renewed on January twenty -seventh, nineteen 
hundred and seventy-seven and which are payable January twenty-seventh, 
nineteen hundred and seventy -eight. Notes issued under this act for a period of 
less than one year may be renewed or paid from time to time by the issue of 
other notes, provided that the period from the date of an original note issued 
under this act to the maturity of any note issued to renew or pay the same 
debt shall not exceed one year. 

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 

Resolution 

Voted Unanimously by a voice vote. 

MOVED meeting be adjourned until Monday, February 13, 1978 at 7:30 P.M. 

Meeting adjourned at 2:30 P.M. 

February 13, 1978 Monday Evening 

February 13, 1978 Meeting called to order at 7:50 P.M. by 

Moderator David E. Place. 

There were 31 voters present. 

MOVED that this meeting be adjoumed until April 1 , 1978 at 9:30 A.M. 

AMENDMENT: 

Motion meeting be adjoumed until Saturday, February 18, 1978 at 2:00 P.M. 

YES 16 NO 7 Amendment carried. 

MOVED that this meeting be adjoumed until Saturday, February 18, 1978 

at 2:00 P.M. 
YES 23 NOO Motion carried. 
Meeting adjoumed at 8:07 P.M. 

February 18, 1978 Saturday Afternoon 

Moderator David E. Place called the meeting to order at 2:35 P.M. 

88 voters present. 

MOVED meeting to be adjoumed until 10:00 A.M., April 1 , 1978. 

Voted Unanimously by a voice vote at 2:40 P.M. 



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VITAL STATISTICS 

Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in 1978 

BIRTHS 

The total number of births recorded was sixty-two, of which eight were 
delayed returns and corrections of past years. Of the fifty-four bom in the 
year 1978 all the parents were residents of Cohasset. There were twenty -nine 
males and twenty -five females. 

PARENTS, BE SURE TO RECORD THE BIRTHS OF YOUR CHILDREN 
WITH GIVEN NAME IN FULL. 

MARRIAGES 

Total number of marriages was seventy -two including those where both 
parties were non-residents of Cohasset, forty -eight were solemnized in Cohasset 
during the current year. 

DEATHS 

Total number of deaths was seventy including residents of Cohasset who died 
elsewhere and non-residents who died in Cohasset. Of the fifty-one who were 
residents of Cohasset, twenty were males and thirty one females. 



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DEATHS FOR THE YEAR 1978 



Date 



Name 



M 



D 



January 

7 

11 

18 

18 

24 

30 

February 

9 

11 

16 

16 

19 

March 

8 

22 

27 

31 

April 

1 

3 

5 

7 

8 

9 

13 

15 

20 

24 

May 

10 

25 

29 

29 

June 

4 

7 

11 

16 

18 



Delina Josephine Phillips (Jerome) 


81 


10 


27 


Florence V. Mulhern (Lannan) 


61 


11 


25 


Alice S. Arndt (Sumner) 


74 


10 


21 


Joseph A. Humphreys 


69 





25 


Florence E. Flanagan (Fracker) 


74 


1 


22 


Mary Mulvey (O'Brien) 


75 





20 


Helen M. Jason 


80 


11 


4 


Harold Anderson 


66 








Helen I. Rothery (Merry) 


85 


7 





George Wightman 


65 


1 


12 


Michele V. DiTuUio 


76 








Alice Lothrop Wheelwright (Cousens) 


88 





25 


William E. Wilson 


33 


5 


4 


Frank T. Healey 


87 


1 


23 


Edmond O'Donnell 


80 


3 


26 


Edward Joseph Casey 


70 


3 


6 


Evelyn B. Megathlin (Benjamin) 


68 


4 


14 


Esther Lally 


80 


11 


9 


Mary F. Cousens (Tilden) 


94 


11 


25 


Nellie E. Amsden (Allan) 


84 





6 


Frederick E. Broderick 


81 





9 


Helen Dorothy Salvador (Casey) 


82 





12 


Charles Davis Hardy 


55 


8 


18 


Robert S. Wilhams 


62 


8 


17 


Rocco W. Rosano 


50 


8 


12 


Gertrude Caroline BUss (Reaske) 


68 


10 


18 


Constance J. Dobie 


74 


10 


28 


James R. Quirk 


45 








Joan K. Quirk (Creighton) 


41 








Richard Flint 


61 


10 


19 


Henry Templeton Smith 


87 





17 


James A. Crowley 


90 








Leda Dickson Lewis (Meserve) 


78 


8 


21 


Henry McLarey 


82 


3 


1 



213 



June 




19 


Daniel MacLellan 


26 


Ralph Brown 


26 


Nellie Ann DonneUan 


July 




6 


Eleanor Marie Towle (Burke) 


8 


Sarah Pearl Grady 


10 


Delia C. Donovan (Flaherty) 


15 


Marion M. Henderson 


16 


Bertram Edward Twine, Sr. 


16 


Virginia K. Hunt (Knapp) 


19 


Mary C. Mitchell (Campbell) 


20 


Bernice Ward (Hatch) 


23 


Helen C. Welch 


23 


Mary Winifred Donovan 


24 


Ednah G. Churchill (Rhodes) 


25 


William Morton Hunt 


August 




15 


WiUiam Joseph Reid, Sr. 


17 


Frank Bott Chatterton 


30 


Bridget Elizabeth Molley 


September 




4 


John Morrissey 


9 


Richard F. Leonard 


16 


Elizabeth E. DiNicola (Ishom) 


19 


Ruth A. DuBois (LaVange) 


24 


Janet H. Wilmore (Howorth) 


October 




2 


Mary E. Petersen (Ford) 


13 


Theresa A. Begley (Roberts) 


15 


Mattie P. Cann 


November 




1 


Ruth Patricia Jacome (McAuliffe) 


3 


Frank H. Williams 


10 


Madeline Colby 


14 


Jennifer Baird 


14 


Nellie Forsyth Merrill 


18 


Jennie Warren Dickson (Denithorne) 


19 


Guy L. Southard 


25 


Marie Reck (Stone) 


29 


Jack Tarr 


December 




28 


Irene Young (Atkins) 



86 


11 


1 


91 


8 


29 


96 


7 


17 


61 


2 


28 


79 





18 


87 


10 


2 


84 


8 


18 


83 


7 


14 


61 


10 


14 


90 


8 


22 


89 


9 


9 


91 


6 





89 


9 


16 


84 


9 


27 


61 





21 


68 


9 


27 


73 


11 


16 


84 


10 


14 


80 








68 


3 


8 


64 


1 


10 


47 


4 


22 


60 


2 


6 


78 


7 


26 


81 


9 


4 


99 


11 


18 


68 


7 


14 


66 


11 


29 


85 





26 


9 


5 


1 


93 





12 


93 


3 


19 


82 


4 


27 


80 


6 


5 


74 









81 



11 



29 



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DEATHS NOT BEFORE REPORTED AND CORRECTIONS 

1974 
December 

21 Lillian M. Chatterton (Kohl) 89 9 2 

1977 

July 

4 Edward Michael Fleming 84 2 20 

November 

27 Angelina Longo (Barletta) 77 5 12 

December 

22 Murwin J. Antoine 60 5 27 
31 Dolores Mundy 45 4 1 



215 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGISTRARS 

Number of registered voters on January 1 , 1978 4679 

Total number of registered voters on January 1 , 1979 4596 

ENROLLED TOTALS 

Republicans 1329 

Democrats 1167 

Independents 2100 

Any resident not listed in the Census taken by the Board of Registrars during 
January and February should inform the Registrars before May 1st. 

Meetings for the registration of voters are held at stated times during the year. 
Notices of these meetings are posted in the Post Office of the Town and in 
many other public buildings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Clarence M. Grassie 
Chairman 



216 



REPORT OF THE BUILDING INSPECTOR 

The following is a report for the Building Department for the year 1978. 

The Department issued 293 Building Permits for various structures and altera- 
tions and collected $4487 in fees. 

The estimated cost of all projects for which Building Permits were issued was 
$1,964,814.45. 

A breakdown of Permits issued is attached. 

Under Chapter 802, SECTION 108.15 of the State Building Code effective 
January 1 , 1975, Inspection and Certification of certain Use Group Buildings are 
now required by this Department. 

31 buildings were certified and a total of $703.00 was collected in fees. 

AH reported violations of the Zoning By-Law were investigated and ap- 
propriate action taken. 

Under ARTICLE 22 of the State Building Code Provisions for Energy Con- 
servation, the Building Inspector is also Town Representative for the Metropoli- 
tan District Energy Commission formed January 1, 1978, and with Representa- 
tives of all towns of the Commonwealth, is required to attend Seminars on 
energy conservation. For persons or businesses needing assistance in conserving 
energy, this Office has information available. 

STATE BUILDING CODE CHANGE COMING: Our presently existing build- 
ing Code which is under BOCA (Building Officials Code Administration) will 
have elaborate changes taking effect in September, 1979. In anticipation, this 
Office will be required to attend Seminars on these changes after March 1, 1979. 

It wiQ be noted, that for the PubHc's protection, Permits are now required for 
the installation of wood-burning stoves. 

I would Uke to thank all Departments for their cooperation and assistance 
during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

James A. Litchfield 
Building Inspector 
Zoning Officer 



217 



The following is a breakdown of Permits issued in 1978: 

Apartment, handicap 1 

Apartment, remodeling 2 

Awning 1 

Bam, foundation 1 

Bam, restoration from fire 1 

Building, accessory, restoration 7 

Building, commercial, remodeling 25 

Chimney 3 

Dwelling, addition 20 

Dwelling, new 20 

Dwelling, remodeling 57 

Dwelling, restoration from fire 2 

Fence 10 

Garage , single car 5 

Garage , two car 4 

Greenhouse 3 

Kiosk, photo 1 

Porch, enclosed 9 

Sidewall and roofing 42 

Sign 19 

Sign, temporary 3 

Solar heat 1 

Storage building, addition 1 

Storage building, demoUtion & replacement 1 

Storage building and studio 1 

Storage shed 4 

Stove (wood) 12 

Sundeck 15 

Swimming pool, above ground 1 

Swimming pool, inground 4 

Swimming pool, inground, repairs 1 

Tent, temporary 16 



218 



REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 

Personnel 

Kevin P. O'Brien 
Health Agent, Inspector of Animals 

Tai Jin Chung, M.D. 
Pediatrician, Well Baby and Well Child Conference 

Linda Sharpe and Margaret Loud 

Pubhc Health Nurse, Nursing Services by contract 

with the Social Service League 

Joseph Laugelle 
Superintendent of the Town's Disposal Area 

Charles T. Patrolia 
Plumbing Inspector 

Donald Clark 
Plumbing Inspector 

As in the past, the function of the Board of Health continues to be the pro- 
motion and protection of human comfort and well-being by upholding current 
local and state health codes and regulations. 

The Board actively monitors the various clinics which the Social Service 
League has been conducting. Overall, participation of the town's citizens has 
increased. There was an excellent response to the two flu clinics this Fall with 
immunizations of the Bivalent A-Victoria, Hong Kong and A-Texas vaccine. No 
serious reactions were reported. Again, the Health Agent and Public Health 
Nursing Staff were most efficient and should be highly commended. An evening 
clinic was held which was well received by town residents. 

The recycling program has become the responsibility of the Disposal area 
personnel and has become successful both practically and in a self-supporting 
way. 

The plans for the new sanitary landfill are still awaiting final approval from 
the State. This will allow the town six to eight more years at the present disposal 
location. 

Overall, a marked increase in the work load of the Health Agent and office 
personnel has occurred since the revision and upgrading of new State Codes and 
Regulations in July of 1977. One significant change is the local Boards' responsi- 
bility for added size septic systems. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Stephen O'Connor, M.D., Chairman 
Rene Chiasson, Secretary 
Roger Pompeo, M.D. 

219 



DISPOSAL WORKS CONSTRUCTION 

New construction disposal work permits 1 1 

Alterations construction works permits 24 

Renewal construction works permits 9 

Final Inspections 30 

Dye tests conducted 7 
Permit fees collected 148.00 

Percolation Tests Witnessed 34 
Fees from percolation tests $450.00 

NUISANCE COMPLAINTS 

Sewage overflows 20 

Housing inspections 3 

Animals 4 

Refuse ~ 15 

Miscellaneous 9 

Dog bites reported 15 

FOOD HANDLING ESTABLISHMENTS 

Year round restaurants 16 

Seasonal establishments 4 

Retail food establishments 6 

School cafeteria 1 

Water samples taken 17 

Swab tests of utensils 49 

Milk licenses 20 

Food service permits 20 

Retail food permits 6 

Mobile food permits 4 

Frozen food permits 2 

Catering license 4 

Special-temporary food service permits 3 
TOTAL FEES COLLECTED $209.00 

PLUMBING INSPECTIONS 

Registered plumbers 125 

Permits issued 112 
Fees collected from permits $998.00 

OTHER HEALTH AGENT ACTIVITIES 

Inspections of day -care centers, day camps, 

pubHc schools, nursing homes 14 

Biological pick-ups from state diagnostic lab 1 3 

Burial permits issued 36 

Anti-rabies clinic innoculations 34 



220 



Dead animals picked up 44 

Pump and haul permits 2 

Installer's permits 9 

Funeral director's permits 1 

Masseuse licenses 3 

Swimming pool licenses 2 

Fees collected from permits and licenses $122.00 

Fees collected from rabies clinic $102.00 

TOTAL FEES COLLECTED $224.00 

International immunization certificates 10 

DISPOSAL AREA 

Commercial rubbish permits 8 

Fees collected from permits $400.00 

Yards of fill used 18,763 

Fee for fill $39,341.32 

Tons of gravel used 433 .65 

Fee for gravel $867.30 

Number of disposal area tickets given out 1 ,636 

Fees collected from tickets $1,636.00 

SOUTH SHORE MENTAL HEALTH 

Number of hours 93.5 

Fees paid $1,122.00 

RECYCLING 

Number of trips to Dayville , CT 2 

Fees collected $789.22 

Fees paid for trips to CT $220.00 

Rental of container $988.00 



221 



SOCIAL SERVICE LEAGUE OF COHASSET, 

1978 



INC. 



The Cohasset Social Service League under contract with the Board of Health 
provides nursing services to residents of the town. The staff of the Social Service 
League of Cohasset, assisted by the many volunteers who support the League, 
have worked with Kevin O'Brien and the Board of Health in trying to provide 
a comprehensive program of community health services. 

These services include: Senior Keep Well CUnics, Well Child Clinics, Flu 
immunization clinics. Hypertension screening. Tuberculosis and Lead detection, 
health promotion and disease control activities. Most available programs are well 
attended, particularly the flu immunization clinics and the senior Keep Well 
clinics. 





Sessions 


Visits/Tests 


WeU Child Clinic 


3 


22 


Flu Immunization CHnics 


3 


196 


Lead Tests 


1 


31 


Senior Keep Well 


23 


276 


TB Testing 


On-going program 


172 Mantoux tests 


Hypertension Screening 


On-going program 


138 


Health Promotion 


»5 


52 home visits 
15 office visits 


Communicable Disease 


»» 


1 1 visits 


Disease Control 


»» 


219 home visits 



Linda Sharpe, R.N. 



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REPORT OF THE COHASSET POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Annual report of the Cohasset Police Department for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1978. 

As directed by the By-Laws of the Town of Cohasset, Article 3, section 3, 1 
herewith submit my report for the Cohasset Police Department for the year 
ending December 31,1978. 

Randolph A. Feola 
Chief of Police 

ARRESTS FOR 1978 



Males 



Females 



Forcible rape 


1 




Armed Robbery 


1 




Assault and battery, dangerous weapon 


6 


1 


Breaking and entering, nighttime 


5 




Larceny 


2 




Motor Vehicle Theft 


2 




Simple assault 


2 




Receiving stolen property 


2 




Vandalism 


1 




Possession of dangerous weapon 


1 




Uttering forged prescription 




1 


Possession of marijuana 


3 




Offenses against family 


1 




Operating vehicle under influence liquor 


38 


2 


Minor in possession of alcohol 


2 




Disorderly conduct 


3 


2 


Trespassing 


1 




Assault & battery on police officer 


1 




Possession of short lobsters 


2 




Breaking and entering motor vehicle 


2 




Town by-laws swimming Mill Bridge 


1 




No Ucense in possession 


2 




Speeding 


2 




Arrested on warrants for other departments 


12 




Total: 


93 


6 


Persons held in protective custody 


38 


2 


Minor Motor Vehicle Violations 


399 


72 


Total: 


530 


80 


Combined total violations males & females 







610 



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DISPOSITION OF CASES IN COURT 



Arrested on warrants 


12 




Arrested without warrants 


87 




Summoned by Court 


313 




Continued without a finding 


20 




Dismissed 


11 




Cases filed 


2 




No complaints to issue 


5 




Held for Grand Jury 


1 




Guilty 


132 




Not guilty 


6 
11 

3 




rlUUaLlUll 

Suspended sentence 




Sentence community service work 


6 


130 hrs. 


Restitution by order of court 


3 




Costs assessed by court 


19 


$2,490.00 


Fines assessed by court 


119 


$2,685.00 


Persons placed in Alcohol Safety Program 


43 




SUMMARY OF WORK DONE BY THE DEPARTMENT 




Automobile accidents investigated 


231 




Buildings found open by police 


67 




Complaints received and investigated 


6,113 




Firealarms answered 


103 




Mileage of patrol cars 


150,644 




License to carry firearms issued 


77 


$770.00 


Firearms I.D. cards issued 


88 


$176.00 


Special attention requested for closed homes 


532 




Street lights reported out to Brockton Edison 


367 




Special poHce details 


974 




Summons served for other departments 


316 




Parking permits issued for Sandy Beach 


2,644 




Parking Violafion tags issued Ch. 90-Sec. 20D 


1,398 




Citations issued Ch. 90 motor vehicle violations 


376 




Radio transmissions KCA446 


6,087 




Received for accident reports 




$139.00 


Taxi permits issued 


2 


$ 8.00 


Gun dealers license 


1 


$ 3.00 


Stolen motor vehicles reported 


16 




Stolen property reported to department 


$687,200 




Stolen property recovered by department 


$ 31,915 




Criminal homicides investigated 


2 




Forcible rapes investigated 


2 




Breaking and entering complaints received 


80 




Respectfully submitted, 




Randolph 


A. Feola 




Chief of Police 





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REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, 

I herewith submit the Annual Report of the Fire Department for the year 
ending December 31,1 978 . 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENTS 

BELL ALARMS 113 

STILL ALARMS 820 

Total 933 
INCIDENTS per MONTH 

JAN. FEB. MAR. APR. MAY JUN. JUL. AUG. SEP. OCT. NOV. DEC. 

68 111 59 81 79 66 104 82 66 70 64 83 

CLASSIFICATION of INCIDENTS 

Investigation of gas odors, smoke and other reported 

hazardous conditions 110 

Grass, Brush and Woods Fires 36 

False Alarms and Bomb Scares 28 

Automobile and Motorcycle Accidents 106 

Accidental Alarms 35 

Assisting Persons 71 

Dump Fires and Illegal Burning 20 

Broken Water Pipes and Frozen Sprinklers 17 

Control of Flammable Liquid Spills 13 

Electrical Fires, Wires and Poles 14 

Rescue Boat 13 

Motor Vehicle Fires 19 

Building Fires 20 

Chimney Fires 8 

Delayed Ignition of OH Burners 10 

Clothes Dryer Fires 3 

Pumping Details 3 

Mutual Aid for Fires To: 

Hingham 8 

Hull 17 

Scituate 6 

Mutual Aid Received: 

Hingham 4 

Hull 9 

Scituate 6 

Evacuation of persons by boat 30 

First Aid Rendered at Stations 88 

First Aid Rendered by Ambulance Personnel 96 

Medical Emergencies Transported 249 



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Medical Emergencies Transported resulting from 

Motor Vehicle Accidents 38 

Mutual Aid for Medical To: 

Hingham 7 

Hull 5 

Scituate 17 

Mutual Aid Received for Medical From: 

Hingham 3 

HuU 2 

Scituate 8 

PERSONNEL 

As stated in the Annual Report for 1977 the Table of Organization calls for 
twenty -eight officers and men, and it was further stated that one position of 
Fire Captain was not filled. 

Following a competitive examination, administered by the Division of Per- 
sonnel Administration, this position was filled. Firefighter James L. Gurry was 
promoted to the rank of Fire Captain effective November 1 , 1978. 

Fire Captain Roger W. Lincoln, Training Officer, has developed an in-service 
training program. It is the intention of this program to train a minimum of two 
hours per day to maintain and develop skills required of todays firefighter. The 
lack of adequate space makes it difficult to keep the apparatus under cover 
during periods of severe cold, as a result it is difficult to keep this program going 
on a daily basis. 

EQUIPMENT 

During the month of April the department placed in service a new Seagrave 
100 foot rear mount aerial ladder truck. This truck has proven its value with the 
abihty to reach areas of buildiags with the added length of ladder, added equip- 
ment storage, and the ease of handling and maneuverability. 

The automatic recording device that monitors the telephone and radio system 
aided in the apprehension and conviction of an individual transmitting a false 
alarm of fire by telephone. He was tried in the courts and found guilty. Without 
the voice and message recorded on tape this would not have been possible. 

During the year the fire department members inspected, tested and painted 
almost all of the fire hydrants in the Town, the balance of the hydrants will be 
done in the Spring. Operating problems were reported to the Water Department 
for repair and adjustment. 

The Blizzard of '78 left its mark on the apparatus. Problems continue to de- 
velop with brakes, wiring and body corrosion as a result of having to operate in 
the salt water. These problems added to the usual maintenance have placed a 
strain on the budget item covering repair and maintenance of automotive equip- 
ment. 



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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE 

The use of the department ambulance continues to increase each year. This 
past year 287 medical or accident victims were transported to hospitals and 96 
people were treated and not transported. The ambulance logged 10,750.0 miles 
in the year 1978. 

The training of additional Emergency Medical Technicians would make the 
assignment of manpower much easier and make available more people trained 
in the handling of medical emergencies. I think the future success of this pro- 
gram requires that more people become involved through training to offset the 
loss of others due to retirement and the Hke. I think the future also will require 
added training and skill development in the areas of intravenous procedures and 
the operation of electronic and telemetery equipment to aid the victims of 
heart attack and other types of serious illness. 

STATIONS 

The present system of three fire stations is outmoded and inefficient with the 
use of todays motorized apparatus, communications, and fire detections sys- 
tems. These buildings are severely lacking in the space required to house and 
maintain modem day fire apparatus. The safety of these buildings raises serious 
doubts in my mind relative to the men and equipment quartered there. 

A proposal will be presented to the Annual Town Meeting for the replace- 
ment of these buildings. This will provide the department with adequate space 
for present and future needs and house the men and equipment in modern, safe 
and efficient quarters. 

Manpower being the most expensive portion of the department's operations 
cannot be used with optimum efficiency and productivity with the present 
three station concept. 

N RECOMMENDATIONS 

I respectfully make the following recommendations for your consideration 
and support: 

1 . The construction of a modem fire station which will consoUdate the North 
Cohasset and Beechwood apparatus in a safe, modem, spacious, efficient, 
well equipped faciUty. 

2. The purchase of additional portable radio transmitter-receivers. 

3. Funds necessary to train and certify additional fire department personnel 
as Emergency Medical Technicians. 

4. To acquire a new boat for water type incidents — boat fires, water and ice 
rescue. With the development of the new water storage reservoir this is a 
new and additional source of water related incidents. 



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GENERAL COMMENTS 

It should be noted at this time that the Fire Department lost the services of 
two members. 

Call Firefighter Rocco W. Rosano served the department for eighteen 
years. "Rocky" always performed his task well and lived the spirit of the 
fire service . . . service to others. 

Permanent Firefighter Frank S. Wheelwright retired after thirty -six years 
of dedicated service to the fire department. 

CONCLUSION 

I would Hke to thank each and every member of the department for their 
contribution of enthusiasm and dedication to service. 

To the Board of Selectmen, all other town departments and boards for their 
support and guidance, my sincere thanks and appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Charles Piepenbrink 
Chief of Fire Department 
and Forest Fire Warden 



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REPORT OF THE COHASSET WIRE DEPARTMENT 

I herewith submit the Annual Report of the Wire Department for the year of 
1978. 

FIRE AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS 

Due to last February's storm some twenty -nine thousand feet of fire alarni 
wire was lost, along with two fire boxes. At this writing we are still in the process 
of running in new wire. In the coming year the Department hopes to finish what 
we set out to do in 1978. The Wire Department was fortunate in having two good 
summer workers who saw to it that all fire boxes were painted. Traffic hghts 
were put in good working condition and also painted. 

WIRE INSPECTION 

All work done by electrical contractors was inspected by the Department, 
and fees turned into the Town Treasurer. 

TOWN BUILDINGS 

All electrical work and repairs were done by the Wire Department in buildings 
owned by the Town. 

I wish to thank the Board of Selectmen for their cooperation with the Depart- 
ment, and the men who worked with me in this very busy year; a job well done. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Stephen F. Wigmore 
Superintendent of Wire Department 



REPORT TO THE BOARD OF 
TREE & PARK COMMISSIONERS 

During this year, the Tree and Park Department continued its spring and fall tree 
planting program; also roadside clearing of brush and growth. 

Due to the 1978 blizzard year there was extensive tree damage done throughout 
the Town. We are gaining in this area and expect all damage to be completely 
cleaned up. 

I would like to thank the men of the department and of other departments for 
their cooperation through the 1978 year. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Peter G. Laugelle 

Tree & Park Superintendent 



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HIGHWAY SURVEYOR'S ANNUAL REPORT - 1978 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen and Cohasset Citizens: 

I hereby submit my annual report: 

Our first priority last Spring was the clean-up and repair of Sandy Beach 
after the blizzard. With the help of hired equipment, under the direct supervi- 
sion of the Department, we removed 4,000 yards of sand, stone and debris from 
the parking area. This enabled the parking area to be used as early as mid-May. 
The re-surfacing was subsequently done in August, This work was entirely 
funded by the F.D.A.A., but was completely supervised by the Highway De- 
partment. 

All fences in need of repair were repaired and repainted. All catch basins 
were cleaned; and deteriorated basins were either replaced or, where possible, 
repaired. Damaged street signs were repaired and missing signs replaced. All 
streets and roads were swept. Where necessary, new street lines were painted. 

With state aid, we accomplished considerable repairs on sections of both 
North and South Main Streets. On South Main Street, after installing three new 
catch basins and 65 feet of 10" concrete pipe, we resurfaced 1,350 feet with 
vjype I bituminous concrete. On North Main Street we resurfaced 2,550 feet of 
roadway with Type I bituminous concrete. 

We resurfaced, with mix in place, 2,100 feet of roadway; and used 8,500 
gallons of MC800 hot oil for surface treatments. With monies obtained from 
Article #18 of last April's Town Meeting, we resurfaced, with Type I bitumi- 
nous concrete, 2,845 feet of roadway. This work was done on various sections 
of Stockbridge St., Margin St., Border St., Pleasant St. and South Main St. 

With funds raised by Article #38 at the Town Meeting, we were able to com- 
plete the first phase of installing drainage on Doane Street. Further drainage is 
planned for this Spring. In various other sections of Spring St., So. Main St., 
Jerusalem Road, we installed a total of 400 feet of 10" concrete and aluminum 
pipe and eight new catch basins. 

AH snow -fighting equipment was repaired, sand-blasted and repainted. 

At this time, I would like to thank, especially, the men of my department 
for their cooperation; and also my thanks to the other Town Departments for 
their help. My special thanks to all the town officials who have helped me so 
much, in so many ways; making this, my first year as Highway Surveyor, so 
successful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Harold W.Litchfield 
Highway Surveyor 



230 



REPORT OF THE SEALER OF WEIGHTS & MEASURES 

The various weighing and measuring devices in the Town of Cohasset have 
been carefully tested, one hundred-thirty -three were sealed, eight were adjusted. 

The amount of $288.60 sealing fees and $16.00 adjustment fees were collect- 
ed and paid to the Treasurer. 

Items in retail stores were checked for unit pricing and to make sure prices 
on items agree with prices on shelves. 

Retail fuel deUvery trucks have been checked for proper method of issuing 
deUvery tickets. 

Any citizen who has a complaint regarding short weights or measures, please 
call the Sealer. It will be investigated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Lot E. Bates, Sealer 



REPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT ISLAND COMMITTEE 

The major business of the Government Island Committee for 1978 was 
restoration of the damage done by the February storm. Wind and tide driven 
waves carried the harbor ice at least two feet over the Wharf, tore loose the ramp 
and floats, depositing them on the marsh across from Border Street, as well as 
undermining the sea walls. Thanks to the Federal Disaster Relief, funds were 
made available to construct new floats and repair the damage to the walls. 
Studies are being made as to the feasibility of restoring the storage shed and 
recommendations will be made at a later date. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Edwin A. Young, Chairman 



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REPORT OF HARBORMASTER 

To the Citizens of Cohasset and the Board of Selectmen: 

The high-Ught of the year was the devastating storm of February 6 & 7, 
After making a survey of damages v^ith representatives of the Corp of Army 
Engineers and Division of Waterways, it was determined that the total damages 
were in excess of $26,834.70. This included 5 new floats, 2 runways, replace- 
ment of work skiff and motor, 2" homlite pump and repairs to sea walls. At this 
writing I am pleased to report that all damage has been repaired at no cost to 
the Town, since the work was funded by the FDAA. 

I wish to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to the Cohasset Yacht Club 
for the co-operation extended to the Corp of Army Engineers while the mainte- 
nance dredging of the channel was done. It was a real inconvenience to them be- 
cause the dredging took place at the peak of the boating season and without the 
use of their floats and facilities, I am sure the dredging would not have taken 
place. 

Again it becomes necessary to warn persons who are planning to get a boat or 
increase the size of their present boat, to heed the regulations pertaining to the 
waiting hst. All persons on the present waiting Ust must reaffirm their intent by 
signing their original appHcation on file with the Harbormaster by June 1st of 
each calendar year. Otherwise they are automatically dropped from the Hst. 

There were several search and rescue missions for boats overdue, with no 
fatahties, which involved 4 power boats and 3 sailboats. 

Again thanks must be extended to the persons assigned to Night Patrol for a 
job well done. It has been possible to keep vandalism and theft to a bare mini- 
mum in comparison to other harbors where it has been a real problem. 

A form will be enclosed with your mooring fee bill this year which must be 
filled out in order to update our records of boats presently in the harbor. It is 
important that all pertinent information be Usted — namely, serial numbers of 
radios, depth finders, compasses, outboard gas tanks and hull numbers. This 
makes it easier to identify equipment and justify insurance claims. 

Once again the Department is most appreciative of the help and coopera- 
tion received from the Harbor Study Committee, Selectmen, Harbor Personnel 
and concerned boat owners. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Harry H. Ritter 
Harbormaster 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE 
SOUTH SHORE MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT FOR 1978 

Submitted, herewith, is a report of the South Shore Mosquito Control Project 
in 1978. 

The Project is a year round operation of ten neighboring communities coop- 
erating in a joint effort to reduce mosquitoes. The Project includes the City 
of Quincy and the nine towns of Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, 
Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate and Weymouth. These communities cover an area 
of 170 square miles with a population of approximately 250,000 inhabitants. 

The Project was estabUshed in 1953 under a Massachusetts General Law, 
Chapter 252. The Project communities are in a voluntary membership. The 
Project's policy is set by a board of commissioners, administered by a superin- 
tendent. This poHcy and administration is overseen by the State Reclamation 
Board. 

The report covers the period from November 1, 1977 to October 31, 1978, 
beginning in late fall when crews were busy cleaning silt, sand and growth 
from obstructed ditches and creeks on the marshlands. 

WINTER — The weather of the early winter did not favor the Project for 
outside activities. Rain, sleet and cold temperatures caused an early freeze on 
the salt marshes. By mid January, huge ice floates had formed on the marshes, 
limiting transit to clean ditches. 

After two severe blizzards, a number of drainage ditches abutting beach areas 
became blocked with sand and shale. Most of these have now been cleaned. 

During the cold and stormy period, the time was spent on repair and upkeep 
of all spray equipment in preparation for the coming mosquito season. 

All necessary Project personnel have taken and passed the "Core Examina- 
tion" for pesticides, this being the initial examination for federal certification. 

SPRING — Extensive tests were made to woodland pools to appraise the 
amount of active mosquito larvae and to determine the needs for treatment. 
After mapping areas to be treated, heUcopter and fixed wing aircraft were em- 
ployed by the Project to larvacide these many acres. 

With the aerial larvaciding successfully completed, there followed a lengthy 
period of rain that was responsible for a second hatch of spring mosquitoes. 
These became a serious problem throughout the early weeks of the summer. 
Other species of mosquitoes began to make their appearance earlier than usual 
and the early season built up to become one of the busiest the Project has ever 
experienced. An appUcation of a granular larvacide was made to two brackish 
ponds to prevent the emergence of the bothersome midges. 



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SUMMER - Wet weather conditions continued throughout the summer 
months making conditions ideal for mosquito breeding. Advantage was taken 
of the wet weather as crews circulated the many marshes and swamp sites to 
larvacide, thus preventing mosquito emergence. During the summer months, 
storm catch basins and coastal rock pools became a steady mosquito source and 
were continually treated. 

Project personnel participated in the Greenhead Fly Control operation along 
the marshlands of three coastal communities. 

FALL — After a wet summer, the fall weather turned cool and breezy. 

Project personnel continued to check and larvacide the many breeding sites. 
The mosquito larvae continued to be very dense due to the amount of precipi- 
tation. 

It is considered important that the number of late season mosquito larvae be 
reduced as much as possible for this wiU lend to a lesser number in the following 
year. 

After the completion of spraying operations for the season, all spray equip- 
ment was steamed clean, flushed clean, painted and in all respects, prepared 
for winter storage . 

Started the fall water management program of cleaning, brushing and opening 
up of the reclamation ditches of the marshlands and swamps. 

During the past year, the Project's personnel attended several training courses 
in preparation for examination to be federally certified in the use of restricted 
pesticides. All examinations were taken and completed with a passing mark. 
Those passing shall be officially certified in the near future. 

STATISTICS 

Mosquito larvaciding with ground power and pack equipment - treated 
1731 acres, expending 737 man hours. 

Mosquito checking in both pre and post treatments to all larvae breeding 
sites, expending 1 167 man hours. 

Mosquito adulticiding with ground power and back pack equipment — 
treated 18,556 acres, expending 2311 man hours. 

Mosquito larvaciding and adulticiding with ground, power, and back pack 
equipment - treated 5980 storm catch basins and roadside ditches and approxi- 
mately 2000 coastal rock pools, expending 785 gallons of insecticide and 281 
man hours. 

Mosquito larvaciding, utilizing both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft — 
treated 8235 acres of woodland pools and swamps, expending 297 man hours. 



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WATER MANAGEMENT 

The brushing (cutting) and clearing of growth amounting to 32,900 feet is 
done for the purpose of gaining access for personnel and equipment. This also 
increases the water flow, reducing the amount that would lay stagnant and 
breed mosquitoes. 

To flush or drain off stagnant water, 3600 feet of new ditch was constructed 
both in tidal and upland waterways. 

To maintain ditch work previously constructed, 59,200 feet of marsh ditch- 
ing was reclaimed. 

To maintain the flow of water at it's maximum, 81,570 feet of brooks, 
streams and ditches were cleaned of silt, sand and shale growth and other ob- 
struction blocking or impeding water flow. 

In the process of ditch cleaning and reclaiming, 5000 feet of waterway ditch- 
ing was surveyed. 

In water management, 2433 man hours were expended. 

Maintenance work is required of all personnel. This includes the preventive as 
well as breakdown maintenance to all spray equipment, vehicles, tractors and 
garage property; the cleaning and storing of all equipment and chemical ma- 
terials and the setting up and preparation for all operations. 2551 man hours 
were expended on Project maintenance. 

Vacation time — The average time in service of Project personnel is 20 years, 
most having the maximum vacation time allowed. 728 man hours were expended 
on Project's vacations. 

Sick days are accumulative at 12 days per year. This past year, one Project 
employee had two serious illnesses, increasing sick tune above the normal 
average. 272 man hours were expended on Project's sick time. 

Most all holidays are paid by the Project. 448 man hours were expended on 
holidays. 

The Project received 2695 request calls for service during the year. Of these, 
approximately 2675 were answered out, attending to the mosquito problems 
in one manner or another. 

Along with regular mosquito duties, the Project conducts three separate 
greenhead fly control programs, treating 5100 acres of the fly infestation areas. 
Also, two separate brackish water ponds, approximately 175 acres, are treated 
for the control of the midge fly. A total of 142 man hours was expended on 
these two separate control programs. 



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All training courses in mosquito control and pesticide use were attended by 
personnel. 64 man hours were expended in attendance at such courses. 

The insecticides used by the Project were three: — 

1. Abate 4E for mosquito larvaciding at the applied rate of .03 of a pound 
actual to the acre . 

2. Abate 1% granuals in sand for mosquito and midge larvaciding at appHed 
rate of 0.2 of a pound to the acre. 

3. Fenthion 4E mosquito larvaciding in storm catch basins at applied rate 
of .002 of a pound to a basin. 

4. Malathion 57 E.G. for mosquito adulticiding at applied rates of .05 to .20 
of a pound to the acre. 

The Project wishes to thank and extend it's appreciation for all services and 
assistance extended to it from the commissioners, officials and people of the 
communities in which it serves. 



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REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF 

THE COHASSET FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

1978 

During the library's 99th year, the trustees' and Hbrarian's time was about 
equally divided between completion of details of the library renovation and new 
projects that had been deferred during construction work. 

LIBRARY RENOVATION COMPLETED WITHIN BUDGET - It has been 
said that completion of the last 5% of a project Hke the library renovation takes 
as long as the first 95%. At times it seemed this might be true, but when every 
item on the punchHst was finally done, the total success of the renovation re- 
warded all efforts. The renovated library in fact provides the efficiency and func- 
tional utility that had been planned for it. Combined with its attractive refur- 
bishing, the hbrary building is an excellent base upon which to build ever better 
Hbrary service to Cohasset. 

It is a source of great pride that the renovation project was completed within 
its $203,000 budget. 

NEW PROJECTS - The disruption of the Ubrary during the last two years 
forced us to defer several projects that could not be implemented until after the 
renovation. 

One such project was the design of a series of signs that will help users locate 
all that the Hbrary offers. These will be installed in early 1979 and are a gift of 
the Friends of the Cohasset Library. 

Another such project was development of poUcy regarding behavior in the 
library. The trustees adopted a statement of policy that permits as much free- 
dom and enjoyment for library users as possible while protecting the rights of 
others to quiet, and the safety of library property. 

Loan policies were also reviewed and improved procedures to deal with over- 
due books were adopted. 

A formal evaluation by trustees of the chief librarian's job performance and 
salary resulted in the trustees giving very high marks to Richard E. Hayes for his 
job performance; no change in the chief librarian's salary schedule was recom- 
mended. Cohasset is indeed fortunate in the outstanding calibre of its librarian 
and other Ubrary staff. 

Various library goals have been discussed throughout the year, a few at a 
time, to determine priorities for staff projects. Among goals under considera- 
tion for increased emphasis are: (1) development of a program to better educate 
adults and children in how to find material in the library, (2) analysis of the 
library collections, and (3) survey user attitudes about library services. 

THE FRIENDS OF THE COHASSET LIBRARY, after several years of wait- 
ing to see what significant gifts it could make to the library, has been a veri- 
table Santa Claus. In addition to the signs mentioned above, the Friends had 

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designed and executed the handsome clock face on the front of the library. 
Other gifts of the Friends are: the refinishing of 20 stack stools, two large 
plants in the children's area, an outdoor book return box, museum member- 
ships, $200 for summer reading program books, a collection of creative toys 
for the children's area, record cabinets for the children's area. The Friends 
recently voted to regild the library's weathervane. 

In addition, the Friends continue to add important vitality and breadth to 
the library through their volunteers, adult and children's programs, and used 
book sale. Under Dorma McGee's direction, 1978 has been another banner year 
for the Friends! We are all very grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Sheila S. Evans 
Chairman, Library Trustees 

REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN 
DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF THE COLLECTIONS, JAN.-DEC. 1978 

Total Loans for 
Purchased Gifts Withdrawn Holdings home use 



I 



Adult nonfiction 
Adult fiction 


1,154 
803 


55 
68 


1,786 
413 


25,205 

9,877 


23,587 
31,889 


TOTAL ADULT BOOKS 








35,082 


55,476 


TOTAL CHILDREN'S BOOKS 


1,061 


45 


1,477 


12,104 


24,850 


Periodical subscriptions 


192 


28 




220 


11,582 


Audiovisual Adult 
materials Children's 


116 
65 


5 


14 
8 


1,384 
263 


2,124 
734 


Framed pictures 








23 


21 


Membership cards (museums) 








5 


298 


Audiovusual equipment 








13 


73 


Films (16mm) from the Regional Library System 






89 


TOTAL LOANS OF MATERIALS 








85,810 



In our first year of service in renovated space, use of the library as shown 
above has increased over last year: 

Adult book loans: up 13.5% 

Children's book loans: up 1 1 .3% 

Periodical loans: up 3.5% 

Museum card loans: up 37% 

AV equipment loans: up 55% 

NEW REGISTRATIONS - Adult: 483 - Children: 233. These are new bor- 
rowers, not re -registration of existing borrowers. The figures show increases 
over 1977 new registrations of 33% for adults and 27% for children. Factors 



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accounting for this growth in new users are: completion of the renovation, with 
open stack shelving and better access to materials and services; expanded con- 
tacts by the children's librarians through programs at the library and visits to 
schools; Hingham Public Library's discontinuation of free access to non-residents; 
and Scituate PubUc Library's disruption while closing two Ubraries and opening 
anew one. 

PERSONNEL (JANUARY, 1979) - Fulltime: Richard E. Hayes, Chief 
Librarian; Evelyn B. Wood, Susan M. Watrous, Librarians. Part-time: Marilyn 
T. Pope, Jo Ann Mitchell, Librarians; Susan M. Pope, Nancy Knight, Helene B. 
Drummond, Barbara C. Bumham, Robert Pattison, Mary Jo Ferris, Jocelyn 
Kennedy, Stephen Winn, Mark Young. 

INFORMATION AND REFERENCE SERVICE - The circulation of ma- 
terials for home use, as recorded above, tells only half the story. Many materials 
are more conveniently used in the Hbrary. Improved space for reference and 
study has resulted in more use of this kind. Studies in other Ubraries have indi- 
cated that an equal number of information transactions take place in Ubraries 
without showing up in loan statistics. These include telephone reference; assist- 
ing people in use of catalogs and indexes; helping people identify subjects and 
sources they need; making reading recommendations; explaining facts about 
book and magazine pubUshing, and about Ubrary and information systems; 
referrals to other libraries and sources; and doing research to solve patron needs 
or to remedy shortcomings in the Ubrary 's resources. 

REQUEST-RESERVE SERVICE - One of the ways we foUow up on patron 
needs is to encourage people to fiU out a "request" card if the information or 
book wanted is not readily available. In 1978, approximately 4,100 written 
requests were fiUed. (Compare to a count of 2,000 in 1969.) These requests 
represent just under five percent of total loans. 

On any day, approximately 700 requests are on file, waiting for an item to 
return from loan, or waiting for arrival of a purchase order or interlibrary loan 
order. When the item is available, the library calls the waiting patron. 

A great increase in productivity and patron satisfaction would result if all 
loans were retumed on time, if no materials were stolen, and if the members of 
every household would search out and return any materials belonging to the 
Ubrary. 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN — This service, provided by Ubraries receiving state 
funds for regional library service, enables us to tap the resources of eight of the 
strongest pubUc Ubraries in eastern Massachusetts. In 1978, we received 371 
books, records, or photocopies through this system. This is up 32% over last 
year. In addition, five coUections (20-25 books each) were sent by the regional 
system to fill subject requests from Cohasset school teachers, and another 
seven coUections of "large print" books were received. Large print books are 
designed for the visuaUy handicapped reader. 



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ONE-DAY LOAN OF CURRENT MAGAZINES has been a library practice 
for several years. Occasionally, this practice is questioned by people who think 
the current issue should not circulate. We surveyed one-day loans for a ten day 
period. An average of 12 current issues were loaned per day. Only 14% were 
returned late. We beHeve more people enjoy the magazines if they can take them 
home overnight, than would if they had to read them in the library. Your com- 
ments are welcome on this, or any other Hbrary procedure. 

CHILDREN'S SERVICES - The children's area is staffed at all times the 
library is open. One of our part-time children's librarians is on duty from the 
time school is out until library closing, all day Saturday, Sunday afternoon, 
and all open hours during the summer. In addition to selection of materials, 
assistance to children and parents, and general supervision of the area, the 
librarians have conducted the following activities: 

(1) Nine after-school film programs. 

(2) Eight film programs in the elementary schools. 

(3) In cooperation with the Cohasset Community Center and 4H, a six- 
session baby-sitter training program, from which 18 children graduated with 
4H certificates. 

(4) Thirteen after-school story hours or guest speakers. 

(5) A junior volunteers club, which now has 12 members who have at- 
tended three training sessions, and who give two hours a week to help the 
children's librarians. 

(6) Two series of workshops for volunteer story hour leaders, with 18 par- 
ticipants, nine of whom are now leading pre -school story -telling programs in 
the Hbrary. 

(7) Two series of pre -school story hours. 

(8) Regular consultation with school teachers, and assistance is arranging 
collections of library materials for classrooms. 

(9) A summer reading program, in which 115 children read 10 or more 
books and received a reading achievement certificate; 93 of these children read 
20 or more books and received a free paperback of their choice, gift of the 
Friends. Nine of these children read 50 books or more, and three read 100 books. 

The Friends of the Library sponsored five special programs for children 
which drew a total attendance of 580 children. 

FILM SERVICES - As noted in loan statistics, 89 films (16mm) were used 
this year. These are available free of charge from the regional Hbrary system to 
any organization. The region deHvers films and other materials to the Hbrary 
daily. 

The Hbrary selected, and the Cohasset Recreation Department conducted, a 
summer feature film series of eight programs, at Town Hall, with an average 
attendance of 139. 



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VOLUNTEERS - Under the leadership of the Friends, up to 20 volunteers 
a week are scheduled for 3-5 hours each to assist the staff in routine tasks. 
Volunteers staff the main service desk from 9 a jn. to 6 p.m. each day. With the 
opening of new space in January, 1978, we counted on expansion of volunteer 
help, and it was forthcoming. Total hours donated in 1978 were 2,557 - up 
25% over 1977. 

One of the special services of volunteers is selecting and delivering books to 
nursing homes in Cohasset on a bi-weekly basis. Through these efforts, 1,132 
books were loaned to residents of nursing homes. 

Richard E. Hayes 
Chief Librarian 



REPORT OF THE COHASSET CONSERVATION COMMISSION - 1978 

The Conservation Commission held many hearings during the year on appli- 
cations under the Wetland Protection Act, Chapter 131, Sec. 40. The Com- 
mission continues to spend a major portion of its time administering the Wetland 
Protection Act. 

There were two resignations in 1978, John F. ElHott and Margaret Dillon. 
We wish to extend them our thanks for the contributions they have made to the 
work of the Commission during their terms. We welcome two new members, 
JoAnne Ford and Janet Ditmar. The appointment of Marie McCarthy to the 
staff as secretary increased the efficiency of the Commission as far as record 
keeping and file organization are concerned. 

The Commission was active in providing emergency financial support to the 
Recreation Commission for the Ellms Meadow Skating Rink. 

The Commission registered formal concern with regard to the Metcalf & 
Eddy report on proposed new sewerage treatment facilities, particularly from 
the ocean outfall point of view. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John F. Hubbard, Chairman 

John R. Bryant 

Patricia Buckley 

Austin O 'Toole 

Peter O'Loughlin 

Josephine Ford 

Janet Ditmar 



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RECREATION DIRECTOR'S ANNUAL REPORT 

The annual report of the Director of Recreation offers the opportunity to inform 
the residents of Cohasset of the activities, programs, and services that their 
Recreation Commission has concerned themselves with during the calendar year. 

The Recreation Department completed its second year of full-time operation on 
November 9, 1978. During the past calendar year, November 1977 to October 1978, 
there have been 8,908 individuals of all ages that have participated in Recreation 
Department programs, activities, and special events. 

During the first year of full-time operations, the Department offered a variety of 
programs designed for all aged residents. Many of the programs were continued 
during this past year. Some have undergone re-structure, others were re-vamped 
entirely, and new programs were added as demand indicated. One of our primary 
functions is to continually monitor and evaluate all programs as to their effective- 
ness and popularity. In this regard we hope to remain open to suggestions and needs, 
while remaining dynamic and responsive to the leisure demands of the community. 

Most recreation programs require a minimal registration fee. During the calendar 
year of October 12, 1977 - October 12, 1978, the Recreation Department generated 
$5,012.00 via these fees. From July 1, 1978 to October 12, 1978 there has been 
$796.65 transacted through the Recreation Department Revolving fund which 
became effective on July 1, 1978 as a result of state and town legislation. 

One of the more significant program changes this year involved the Summer 
Playground Program. The 1978 program was offered at one central location, 
affording best utilization of staff and equipment. The program was a full day 
program that operated for eight weeks, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 
p.m. The apparent success of this program was quite evident as there were 335 
children between the ages of 6 and 12 years enrolled in the 1978 Summer 
Playground Program. While program revisions often lead to a more successful 
program, it is ultimately the caliber of the program staff that determines the actual 
success of any program. This years staff was of the highest caHber and afforded the 
children an outstanding summer experience. 

Revisions were also made in the Summer Youth Tennis Program during the 1978 
season. Classes were offered twice weekly, for a one hour period. This change also 
appeared to be successful as it offered more in-class time for the 114 participants. 

Other new programs for 1978 that proved highly successful were: Dog 
Obedience, Womens' Fitness, Summer Gymnastics, as well as many special events. 
More than twenty-five regularly scheduled programs and over one dozen special 
events and activities were offered during the 1978 season. Each year the 
department hopes to add more programs, activities, services and events to the 
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This summer, during July and August, a series of eight feature films were shown 
Thursday evenings at the Town Hall Auditorium. The movies were Co-sponsored by 
the Cohasset Public Library and the Cohasset Recreation Department. Approxi- 
mately 1,140 residents of all ages attended the film showings at no charge. 

A special thanks should go to Mr. Richard Hayes, Director of the Cohasset Public 
Library, and Mr. Kenneth Sargent, Custodian of the Town Hall, for their services in 
regard to the film series. 

Through grants from the American Federation of Musicians, the United States 
Government, and town appropriated funds, the Recreation Department was able to 
offer a series of seven band concerts during the summer months. Six concerts were 
held on the Town Common and music was provided by the 30 piece South Shore 
Concert Band. The seventh concert was provided by the United States Navy Show 
Band and was held at the Cohasset High School Auditorium. Attending the seven 
band concerts were approximately 1,820 individuals. 

Many special events and activities were conducted by the Recreation depart- 
ment during the past year. Many of these events were jointly sponsored by local 
organizations and volunteers. Over 2,500 individuals attended the special events 
and activities. From time to time the Recreation Department will conduct special 
programs such as an Easter Egg Hunt, Fun Carnival, Seminars, etc. Information 
regarding these programs as well as other programs will be disseminated through 
local news media, posters, fliers, and schools. 

Work continued this year at the Elms Meadow Skating area. At present, the area 
is entirely functional, with lights for night skating. Further landscaping is scheduled 
for the spring of 1979. The area is approximately one acre in size and year round use 
will be available. The Recreation Department would like to extend their gratitude to 
the numerous town departments, organizations, and individuals who have helped us 
towards the realization of this project. 

The Recreation Commission consists of seven members; Richard P. Barrow, 
Chairman, Nancy E. Sladen, Vice Chairman, Irene E. Brown, Secretaiy, Richard D. 
Ainslie, Eugene K. Price, Ernest Sullivan, and Hamilton T. Tewksbury. Members 
are elected to the post and should be thanked for the donation of their time and 
effort toward the betterment of recreational opportunities for the town of Cohasset. 

The Recreation Department utilizes many facilities for programs. Special thanks 
should go to Dr. John F. Maloney, Superintendent of schools, and Mr. John M. 
Raftery, Business agent, and their staff of principals, teachers, secretaries, and 
custodians that have made school facilities available for many of our programs. 

While the Recreation Department employs over 50 part-time paid instructors, it 
also relies on the help of many volunteers and organizations. Special thanks should 
go to these numerous individuals for a job well done and greatly appreciated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John M. Worlev, Director 



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COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL 

On Januaiy 25, 1978 authorization was requested and received from the Board 
of Selectmen to advise the South Shore Community Action Council, located in 
Plymouth of the intent of Cohasset to request transfer to the Quincy Community 
Action Association, Inc. 

This action was being taken because analysis of services provided by the Local 
Initiative Funds appropriated by the Federal Government to the Plymouth Agency 
showed that these services were either being supplied by the Social Service League 
or other local agencies. 

It would, however, be necessary for Cohasset to continue to apply to a 
Community Action Council whenever any Special Emphasis Funds were appropriated 
like Fuel Assistance, Winterization, etc. And it would be more practical for Cohasset 
to be attached to the Quincy Agency not only because of the fact that it is in the same 
County, but more importantly, that Quincy is much more convenient than 
Plymouth. 

The Selectmen proceeded to request change from the Community Service 
Administration of the Office of Econimic Opportunity on March 22, 1978. 

After complying with all regulations required, Cohasset opted out of South Shore 
Community Action Council, and was approved for inclusion in the Quincy Com- 
munity Action Agency on June 23, 1978. 

The Selectmen have asked their representatives to serve as liasson and assist the 
Quincy Agency in any future services or funds made available to Cohasset. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alfred G. Odermatt, 

Selectmen's Representative 

Marie McCarthy 

Low-Income Representative 



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REPORT ON COUNCIL ON AGING 

Open meetings of the Council are held every second Tuesday of the month 
at 10:00 A.M. at the First Parish House. The nine volunteer member board 
meets to discuss plans for the welfare of this very important segment of the 
town's population - the elderly. 

The following programs and activities are made possible through the efforts 
of the Social Service League, the Housing Authority, the Council and over two 
hundred willing, dedicated volunteers. 

HEALTH CARE: See report of Board of Health Services provided by Social 
Service League. 

HOUSING: See report of Cohasset Housing Authority. 

INFORMATION: A Council sponsored monthly pubHcation, the VISTA, 
is mailed to over 300 homes each month. To receive this news of upcoming 
social, educational and recreational activities, call 383-1100 weekday mornings. 

NUTRITION: The popular Meals on Wheels program, serving approximately 
3500 meals per year is supervised by volunteers from the Social Service League. 
Six days a week meals are deUvered to the homes of the elderly who need assis- 
tance in the preparation of food. Special diets can be arranged when necessary. 
There is a nominal fee of $1.10 per meal, but additional financial aid can be 
arranged with the Council when necessary. The actual cost of the meals prepared 
by the Red Lion Inn is $1.55, with the Council paying the difference. In addi- 
tion, social lunches prepared by the High School are served every Tuesday during 
the school sessions at the First Parish House at 12:30 P.M. Over 30 volunteers 
from members of St. Anthony's, St. Stephen's, Second Parish Congregational 
and the First Parish Churches serve the over 1100 meals. A charge of 75<t: is 
made. Usually a short film is shown after the luncheon. Those interested should 
call 383-1 100 by Monday noon. 

TRANSPORTATION: The Senior Shuttle Bus is a familiar sight around town. 
Driven by over 40 volunteers, approximately 100 trips are made each week, 
Monday through Friday. On Sundays the Church bus is driven by another group 
of over 9 volunteers. For further information on the bus schedules consult the 
VISTA or call 383-0821. 

RECREATION: The Council sponsors one bus trip a year. Consult the 
VISTA. The Council works closely with the 60 Plus Club and the varied activi- 
ties of the over 300 membership. The Club meets on the third Thursday of the 
month at the First Parish House. 

Along with 10 other South Shore Communities, Cohasset is a participant in 
the newly formed South Shore Home Care Services, Inc. This home care corpo- 
ration is under the aegis of the Department of Elder Affairs and is concerned 
with all aspects of care for the elderly. Headquartered in the Hersey House, 
Hingham, the Director is Ms. Eileen Kirby. 



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Rev. John Keohane, Chairman 

Mrs. Helen K. Barbary, Pres. 60-Plus Club 

Mrs. John Daunt, Secretary 

Mrs. W. Howard Enders, Chairman Tuesday Luncheons 

Conrad Ericsson, Shuttle Bus Representative 

George E. Fellows, Vice Chairman 

Thomas F. Meagher, Housing Representative 

Mrs. Herbert Morse, Chairman VISTA 

Herbert Sherbrooke, Treasurer 



COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 

The Sixty-four (64) Apartment Community for the Low-income Elderly and 
Handicapped had four tenant changes in 1978. 

Several structural corrections and improvements were made during the year. 
Step entrance to the Community Building was changed to a ramp, additional dead 
trees were removed, drainage changes were made to reduce ice hazards; and walks 
were rearranged, repaired and resurfaced. 

The disputes with the Contractor are still in litigation. 

There were no changes in the Board during the year. Mr. Alfred Odermatt was 
reappointed as Executive Director; and Mr. Dominic Emanuello continued to serve 
as Maintenance Man. 

The Board is grateful for the services received from the Town Departments, 
Town Service Agencies and Volunteers and Town Organizations. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Conrad Ericsson, Chairman 
Yolanda Baccari, Vice-Chairman 
Patricia Barrow, Treasurer 
Kathleen Conte, Asst. Treasurer 
George Benedict, III, Asst. Treasurer 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF SEWER COMMISSIONERS FOR 1978 

The Board of Sewer Commissioners would like to report a year of steady 
progress of wastewater facilities planning under Step I requirements. The Engi- 
neering Firm of Metcalf & Eddy will have completed this study and in early 
1979 present the report to the Commissioners for review and recommendation 
to the townspeople. 

A great many meetings and public hearings, as required, have been held during 
the year. This program has stirred considerable interest in the community and 
several groups have been formed to offer assistance and input. 

There are sections of the community that have been problem areas of long 
standing. These must be considered as high priority. 

The existing treatment facitity is now eleven years old, is in need of exten- 
sive repairs and has reached, and at times, exceeded its designed capacity. 

The collection system, interceptor and branch mains are inspected on a 
systematic basis, cleaned as necessary and as a whole are in good condition 
and have been virtually trouble free. 

After careful consideration of the above items the Board will make its 
recommendations as to a viable solution to the wastewater problem facing 
the community. These recommendations will be presented to the voters at 
the annual town meeting. 

The Board would like to thank all the townspeople who have shown any 
interest and offered assistance, to the Board of Selectmen, Town Officials, 
Committees, Boards and Department Heads for their cooperation, and to the 
part-time Superintendent and clerk and the plant operators for their efforts 
in making the Sewer Department function. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Rocco F. Laugelle 
John W. Hobbs 
WiUiam J. Montuori 



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REPORT OF THE COHASSET HISTORIC COMMISSION 

On July 4th, the town clock started ticking again. We are pleased at the 
community effort that accompUshed about $10,000.00 worth of work at a 
cost to the tax payers of about $1,000.00. All of the labor was donated as 
well as the two gear head electric motors by Sumner Smith. Mrs. Buckley gave 
a generous contribution from the treasury of the recycling group that used to 
work at the town disposal area. 

We are pleased that the hard work of the Historic District Study Committee 
concluded with the towns people voting to make the common area an historic 
district. This will help to insure the common being protected now and for future 
generations. 

The archive storage room at the high school is now finished and has a fire 
proof vault door. The towns historic records are in boxes awaiting to be cata- 
logued and cross indexed. This will be a big job and anyone wishing to give a 
helping hand will be very much appreciated. 

The inventory of the towns historic assets will finally be finished this year. 
The project has been a long and difficult one. We are most grateful to all of the 
people that gave of their time and efforts to finish the task. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jan Daggett 
Frank C.J. Hamilton 
Linda Hewitt, Secretary 
Betty Enders 
Herbert Marsh 
Grace Tuckerman 
Noel Ripley, Chairman 



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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COHASSET PLANNING BOARD 

In addition to the Planning Board's routine work of administration of existing 
regulations, the Board has undertaken two major studies in connection with its 
responsibilities for long-range planning for the Town. 

As a result of articles in recent Town warrants, which would have extended 
the business district on Route 3 A, the Town Meeting in 1978 directed the Plan- 
ning Board to do a study of Route 3A and to make recommendations to the 
next annual Town Meeting. The Board formed a sub-committee and hired a con- 
sultant. The consultant's study looked at 3A as it is today, considered the conse- 
quences of various zoning changes on 3A and presented several options for 
upgrading standards in the present by-law. A public workshop was held to intro- 
duce the study and to receive comments from citizens and landowners in Cohas- 
set. As a result of the findings in the study and citizen comments, the Board 
will make its recommendations at Town Meeting. The members recognize that 
the future of Route 3 A is important to all residents of Cohasset. 

Another sub-committee was formed to study the Town's map needs. The 
committee consulted with other Town boards and officials. Recommendations 
were made for an up-dated street map, a drainage map and the need for abase 
map. Engineering companies have been interviewed and a request for funds for 
a new map will be made at Town Meeting. 

After several months' use of the new zoning by-law, which was adopted at 
the 1978 Town Meeting, and because of amendments to the state statute, 
Chapter 40A, the Board has prepared some technical changes to be voted on at 
the annual Town Meeting. 

Spaces in the Town parking lot were re-drawn which resulted in several addi- 
tional spaces being added to the parking lot. This was a recommendation of an 
on-going Town committee to consider traffic circulation, parking faciUties and 
Town beautification. 

The Board completed the Cemetery Study and has made several recom- 
mendations which would provide more cemetery space in Cohasset. 

Two new members were elected to the Board, Barbara Power and Leavitt 
Goodwin. Attendance continues to be excellent at the regular meetings, field 
inspections and Saturday sessions. The Board adopted new Rules and Regula- 
tions for the conduct of its business. The Board moved to new quarters at 43 
Elm Street where it now has sufficient room for its records, maps and official 
plans. Citizens are welcome at all meetings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Glenn Pratt, Chairman 
John Bradley, Vice-Chairman 
Patricia Facey 
Leavitt Goodwin 
Barbara Power 

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REPORT OF THE PERSONNEL COMMITTEE 

Acting as the representative of the Board of Selectmen, the Personnel Com- 
mittee negotiated contracts for the Town with the members of the Police and 
Firemen's Associations for the year ending June 30, 1979. 

We continued our efforts to update and classify the duties and responsibilities 
of those Town employees and Department heads operating under our By-laws. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Millard L. Drake, Chairman 
Leonard F. Lawrence 
Norman F. Megathlin 
Roger L. Rice 



REPORT OF THE DESIGN REVIEW BOARD 

At the request of the Planning Board, the Design Review Board reviewed two 
sets of plans for construction in the Highway Business District and one set in the 
Harbor Business District. 

The Board received with regret the resignation of Joseph E. Wood. Mr. Law- 
rence Fone, Jr. has been nominated to serve the remainder of the term. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Ehzabeth S. Hoopes, Chairman 

A. Patrick McCarthy, Vice-Chairman 

Margaret M. Benson, Secretary 

Roger Porter 

Richard C. Tousley 

Roger Whitley 

James Litchfield, ex-officio 



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1978 ANNUAL REPORT 
COMMITTEE TO STUDY TOWN OFFICE SPACE NEEDS 

The aim of this committee has been to develop Town Office space that will 
conveniently serve the town as a whole, provide a pleasant and efficient environ- 
ment for the people who work in it and do it in a manner consistent with sound 
fiscal practice. 

As noted in the 1977 Annual Report the committee, purposely large in order 
to reflect wide experience and representative judgement, had initiated surveys 
to determine present and projected space needs for our town government as 
well as the space needs of organizations that use the town hall. It had also hired 
an architect-advisor to apprise it of criteria by which to judge architects, how to 
get maximum value from their services, what sort of program to pursue and how 
much it might cost to implement it. As a result the committee requested, and 
was granted, $7,000 at the 1978 meeting. 

It prepared and submitted to architectural firms a statement of its position as 
to alternatives under consideration, research it had prepared, what it would 
require of an architect and the program it proposed to follow. Of the firms con- 
sidered six were interviewed, and Brett Donham of Donham & Sweeney was 
unanimously selected. 

Following a careful review of the committee's research results and extensive 
site visits, Mr. Donham prepared preliminary plans and scale models for a num- 
ber of possible options. These were examined by the committee and the most 
promising of those were presented at a public meeting on November 1, 1978. 
The committee received many helpful comments and suggestions both during 
the discussions at these meetings and from subsequent correspondence. 

These ideas and proposals, including possible use of the Osgood school, the 
Community Center or a combination of buildings, were reviewed. The com- 
mittee finally considered the following options, all of which follow State Build- 
ing Code provisions for safety, access by handicapped persons, proper storage 
of permanent records, as well as space needs of the various town offices: 

Scheme A. Renovation of the present town hall by: 

1 . Eliminating the auditorium 

2. Locating on the ground floor, offices most frequently visited 
by the public 

3 . Installing an elevator 

Estimated Cost $519,750 

Scheme B. Renovation and expansion of the present town hall by: 

1. Addition of new auditorium at the rear of the building 

2. Reversing the direction of the stage house 

3. Using existing auditorium for offices most frequently visited 
by the public 



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4. Installing an elevator 

Estimated Cost $881,600 

Scheme C. Renovation of the present town hall by: 

1 . Reducing the existing auditorium to 60% of its present size 

2. Locating some offices on the ground floor 

3. Partial excavation of the basement to provide additional 
offices 

4. Installing an elevator 

Estimated Cost $594,000 

Scheme D. Renovation and expansion of the present town hall by: 

1 . Reducing the existing auditorium to about 60% of its present 
size 

2. Locating some offices on the ground floor 

3. Addition of new 2-story wing on the parking lot side of the 
building 

4. Installing an elevator 

Estimated Cost $555,000 

Scheme E. Construction of an entirely new 2-story building on a portion 
of the parking lot. Preservation of the present town hall. 

Estimated Cost $556,100 

Scheme F. Purchase and renovation of the Professional Building located 
on Chief Justice Cushing Way. Preservation of the present 
town hall. 

Estimated Cost $519,700 

Scheme G. Renovation of the present town hall by: 

1 . Reducing existing auditorium to about 60% of its present 
size 

2. Locating some offices on the ground floor 

3 . Installing an elevator 

Estimated Cost $332,000 

Operating as well as capital costs were developed for all of the schemes. 

After careful consideration of these alternatives, the committee unanimously 
agreed to recommend that the town appropriate funds for the preparation of 
detailed plans and specifications for the development of scheme G. 

This scheme provides space on the ground floor for the two offices most 
often visited by the pubUc. An elevator would be installed; a ramp entrance to 



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the building and toilets for the handicapped are also included. The auditorium 
would seat 150 by comparison with its present 250. This size is deemed by 
those responsible, to be adequate for nearly every present use, including elec- 
tions, recreation, social gatherings and large hearings, besides continuing a 
pubhc meeting place with ample parking space. The stage would remain intact. 

A new wider and easier stairway to the mezzanine (present Selectmen's 
level) would be installed. The mezzanine offices would be enlarged as would the 
offices that remain on the second floor. A meeting room for town committees 
and a file room would be provided on the upper level. Vaults for public records 
would be brought into compUance with state codes. 

A National Fire Protection Association approved sprinkler system would be 
installed which, together with the present multiple station smoke detector 
system (connected directly to fire headquarters) would assure maximum protec- 
tion for the building as well as personnel. 

Plans provide for all necessary repairs to the exterior of the building and for 
refurbishing the interior, including the auditorium, offices and restrooms. Insula- 
tion over the second floor ceiling would be improved. Wall insulation, double 
windows, and a large attic fan would be installed. 

Scheme G was preferred because it continues the town offices in the center 
of the town, has ample parking space, retains a usable portion of the auditorium 
as well as preserving the outward appearance of the building. It provides needed 
space and convenience at a more reasonable cost. It makes provision for the 
needs of the forseeable future without foreclosing future change, and the work 
can be performed with minimal disruption to the functioning of the town 
government. This unanimous committee recommendation is designed to satisfy 
the town office needs for attractive and efficient working space that is con- 
venient and pleasant for all of the town's people. 



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REPORT OF THE DOG OFFICER 

To the Citizens of Cohasset: 

Submitted herewith is the report of the Dog Officer for the year ending 
December 31, 1978. 

I received 832 telephone calls at my home. Of these calls, 396 were pertain- 
ing to complaints, 318 to lost or found dogs and 118 pertaining to general 
information. 

I investigated 328 complaints, made recommendations to the Selectmen 
when necessary and resolved other complaints with the parties involved. 

The majority of dog owners in town do not accept their responsibility of 
owning a dog. They let their dogs out in the morning, (that is if they were in at 
all at night) and let them roam free to bother, harass and be a general nuisance 
to everyone. They often neglect to Hcense their dog and when they do, the tag 
is seldom put on the dog. 

Perhaps as this report is read, some wiU accept their responsibility and take 
care of their dog. You know, as well as your neighbors, who you are. 

Again, I have had excellent support from the Selectmen and Chief Feola. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John H. Barrett 
Dog Officer 



254 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE TO SURVEY 
THE STRUCTURE OF THE TOWN GOVERNMENT 

This Committee, which was established as a Permanent Standing Committee at 
the 1976 Annual Town Meeting, presents its report for 1978 herewith. The 
Committee's purpose is to study the structure and functions of Cohasset town 
government, its officers, departments and boards, and from time to time to report its 
findings, and make such recommendations for action as it deems desirable. 

During the past year, the Committee has continued its in-depth suivey of the 
functioning of our town government. In the process, it met with some of the town 
boards and officials that the Committee had not interviewed in the previous year. 
Discussions were held with, among others, the Board of Assessors, the Water and 
Sewer Commissioners, the Capital Budget Committee, and again with the Board of 
Selectmen. 

The Committee has also devoted a number of meetings to the question whether 
professional managerial assistance for the Selectmen, in the form of an Executive 
Secretary or other position, is needed at the present time. In this connection, the 
Committee interviewed representatives of the State Department of Community 
Affairs and officials of a number of communities outside Cohasset where such 
positions have been established. As a result of these meetings, it is the unanimous 
view of the Committee that a position should be established in the not too distant 
future to provide such professional assistance to the Board of Selectmen. The 
Committee intends to discuss this matter in detail with the Selectmen before 
presenting its recommendations to the Town Meeting. 

As a result of its study of the practices of the Board of Assessors initiated in 1977, 
the Committee presented a Resolution at the 1978 Annual Town Meeting to the 
effect that the Assessors should be encouraged to set the tax rate no later than 
September 1 of each year, and to acquire the services of a part-time professional real 
estate appraiser to assist the Board with its real estate appraisals. This Resolution 
was adopted unanimously by the Town Meeting. The Committee is pleased that 
progress has been made by the Board of Assessors in both these areas. 

The Committee expects to continue its study of the Town's governmental 
structure in the coming year, and to be in a position to make certain specific 
recommendations pertaining thereto in the near future. 

The Committee continues to be very impressed with the dedication to our 
town's affairs of all with whom we have met this past year. Our meetings are open to 
the public and we welcome the attendance of any citizen of the town who wishes to 
give us the benefit of his or her opinions regarding our town government — its 
structure and functioning. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Charles Gainor 

Philip N. Bowditch 

Francis J. Mitchell 

T. Gerard Keating 

Mrs. Donna J. McGee, Secretary 

Thomas E. Atkinson, Vice Chairman 

William D. Weeks, Chairman 

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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS FOR 1978 

The Board of Water Commissioners are happy to report that 1978 has seen 
the virtual completion of the construction of our new facilities. The move be- 
gan in April with the relocating of our offices and operation and maintenance 
equipment from the Bates Building at 43 Elm Street, which served as home for 
the department for 28 years, to the new plant building at Lily Pond. 

Early in May the treatment plant went on line after extensive equipment 
testing by the contractor and training of our plant operators. The old Beech- 
wood Street filtration plant was phased out shortly thereafter. 

The Aaron River Dam & Reservior construction was completed in December. 
The unusual heavy rainfall for the winter months has filled the reservoir to 
capacity in a remarkably short time. With these accompHshments we can be 
assured of an abundant supply of water. 

In early 1979 we will award a contract to our consulting engineers to carry 
out a complete study of the distribution system. The study will provide the 
commission with a long range plan for improvement and expansion of the 
system. 

By a vote of approval at the special town meeting on Nov. 13, 1978, a com- 
mittee has been estabHshed to study the feasibility of acquiring that portion of 
the system now under the control of the Hingham Water Company. With the 
results of these studies in hand your Commissioners will then estabhsh priori- 
ties for an improvement and expansion program within the financial frame- 
work of the department revenue. 

Improvement steps have already been taken, by the cleaning and repainting 
of the interior of our two million gallon standpipe on Bear Hill. This was accom- 
plished in late December and the program of flushing of mains will continue. 

The continuing growth of the Town is reflected by the fifteen new accounts 
activated this year. Yet the total distribution figures indicate a slight decrease 
from past years. 

A cooperative program with the Fire Department of inspection and repair of 
fire hydrants has been carried out throughout the year. Nine old hydrants have 
been replaced with the modern style to meet todays fire fighting requirements. 

The continuing program of maintenance and repair of all department equip- 
ment, buildings and property has been carried out by department personnel. 
We find vandaHsm to buildings and property to be a never ending problem. 

To meet requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, the Board 
must continue to take every measure necessary to protect our sources of water 
supply for possible contamination and pollution. 



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The Board would like to take this opportunity to extend their thanks to the 
community for their assistance and understanding during the past few years 
of water bans and inconvenience, and for their support at town meetings to 
provide the authority for funds to bring an abundant water supply to reahty, 
also the Board of Selectmen, all Town Officials and Department Heads and 
Committees for their cooperation and support and to the Superintendent and 
personnel of the Water Department for their untiring effort. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Board of Water Commissioners 
Rocco F. Laugelle 
JohnW. Hobbs 
William J. Montuori 



257 



CAPITAL BUDGET COMMITTEE 
FY 1979 REPORT 

The Capital Budget Committee completed its primary tasks in time for the 
April 1, 1978 Annual Town Meeting. A five year projection of capital expendi- 
tures was provided in printed form along with a description of each capital 
item in the 1978 Warrant. Following the practice of recent years, priorities for 
action were also assigned according to preestablished criteria. 

Refer to the following summary for details. 

The committee must point out that the Town faces some substantial capital 
expenditures in 1979 in the area of buildings in total of $1,000,000. Tliese 
expenditures decisions will be made by neither the CBC nor the Advisory Com- 
mittee; they will be made by the voters present at the Town Meeting. Your 
CBC will work to assure full information is available prior to vote counting. 
Responsibility for being informed continues to rest with each voter. 

Respectfully submitted 
for the committee, 

Richard J. Avery, Chairman 

ITEMS IN 1978 WARRANT 



Article $ 

4 6,500 

4 12,000 

4 14,000 

4 14,400 

4 12,000 

4 6,000 

4 5,000 

4 5,500 

18 25,000 

24 40,000 

25 80,000 

26 7,000 

27 8,000 
31 12,000 
33 6,000 

37 20,000 

38 12,500 
40 10,000 
43 12,000 
49 50,000 

371 ,900 Total Requested 



Description 

Highway Dept. Pickup Truck 
Landfill Bulldozer 
School Bus 

High School Locker Replacement 
Blacktopping at Deer ffill School 
Carpeting at High School Library 
Renovations at Osgood playground 
Basement Plumbing at Osgood 
Highway Dept. Road Resurfacing 
Fire Station Plans 

Fire Department 1000 gpm Pumper 
Town Offices Plans 
Backup Ambulance 
Harbor Seawall Gunniting 
Dredging at Government Island Pier 
Jerusalem Road Culvert 
Doane Street Drainage 
Refurbish Milliken Field 
Sewer Plant AuxiHary Generator 
Topographical Maps 



CBC 




Priority 


Action 


1 


Voted 


1 


Overhaul 


2 


Voted 


6 


Voted 


3 


Voted 


2 


Voted 


— 


Voted 


— 


Voted 


1 


Voted 


1 


Voted 


2 


Voted 


2 


Voted 


1 


Voted 


2 


3200 


2 


Voted 


4 


Defeated 


4 


Voted 


3 


Voted 


1 


Voted 


4 


Defeated 



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Priority: 1 - Should not delay 


4- 


Delay 5 years or less 


2 - Highly desirable now 


5- 


Impact or 


I small group 


3 - Recommend smaller amount 6 - 


Unnecessary or of Doubtful 








Benefit 








1979- 


1980- 


1981- 


1982- 




Future Expectations 


1980 


1981 


1982 


1983 


Comments 


Municipal Garage 


150,000 










40 ft. Aerial Bucket 


28,000 










Fire Station Construction 


400,000 










Town Offices 


750,000 








(If new bldg. 
250,000 for 


Fire Dept. Radio Tower 


5,500 








min. plan.) 


Forest Fire Pumper/Tanker 




45,000 








Forest Fire Pumper 




20,000 








1000 gpm Pumping Engine 








95,000 




Tennis Courts Lights 




6,600 








More Tennis Courts 


100,000 










School Department 


50,000 


50,000 


50,000 


50,000 


Miscellaneous 


Highway Dept. Trucks/Equip. 


18,000 




18,000 






Highway Dept. Resurfacing 


25,000 


25,000 


25,000 


25,000 




Sewer Expansion 


? 


7 


? 


? 


Major Program 


Capital Budget Committee Members: 










Richard Avery, Chairman 












Martha Gjesteby 












William Kelley 












Mary Jane MacArthur, Advisory Board 








Wayne Sawchuk, Planning 1 


Soard 











259 



1978 REPORT OF THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

Our 1978 financial report is as follows: 

TAX RATE SUMMARY 

Gross Amount to be Raised 7,387,511.53 

Estimated Receipts and Available Funds 2,436,273.87 

Net Amount to be Raised by Taxation 4,95 1 ,237.66 

Real Property Valuations 96,552,000.00 

Personal Property Valuations 3,271,340.00 

Total Property Valuations 99,823,340.00 

Tax Rate - $49.60 

Real Property Tax 4,788,979.20 

Personal Property Tax 162,258.46 

Total Taxes Levied on Property 4,95 1 ,237.66 

LOCAL EXPENDITURES 

Appropriations 

Special Town Meetings 

From Free Cash 88,062.84 

From Other Available Funds 42,983.00 



131,045.84 



Annual Town Meeting, April 2, 1978 

From Tax Levy 5,819,122.17 

From Free Cash 141,440.10 

From Other Available Funds 625,029.33 

From Revenue Sharing 150,000.00 

6,735,591.60 

6,866,637.44 

Total offsets 113,535.38 

Snow and Ice Removal - Deficit 38,782.02 

Training Pohce Officers — Deficit 12,772.46 

Total Local Expenditures 7,031,727.30 

STATE ASSESSMENTS 

Total County Tax and State Assessments 253,924.75 

Under Assessment 1,606.83 

County Tax -84,595.49 

County Hospital Assessment - 9,784.42 

161,151.67 

COUNTY ASSESSMENTS 

County Tax 84,595.49 
County Hospital Assessment 9,784.42 



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94,379.91 

Overlay 100,252.65 

Gross Amount to be Raised 7,3S1,5 1 1 .53 

ESTIMATED RECEIPTS AND AVAILABLE FUNDS 

Total Estimated Receipts from State 854,046.31 

Prior Years Overestimates State and County 53,666.29 

Local Estimated Receipts 481,046.00 

Available Funds 1,047,515.27 



Total Estimated Receipts and Available Funds 


2,436,273.87 


RECEIPTS 








Actual 


Estimated 




Receipts 


Receipts 


Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise 


329,719.00 


333,000.00 


Licenses and Permits 


29,031.00 


30,000.00 


Fines 


6,182.00 


6,200.00 


Special Assessments 


7,229.00 


7,300.00 


General Government 


6,848.00 


7,000.00 


Protection of Persons and Property 


5,772.00 


7,000.00 


Health and Sanitation 


23,675.00 


24,000.00 


School (Local Receipts of School Committee) 


10,189.00 


2,000.00 


Libraries 


3,737.00 


4,000.00 


Cemeteries 


2,880.00 


3,000.00 


Recreation 


4,665.00 


5,000.00 


Interest 


35,885.00 


37,000.00 


Unclassified 


7,032.00 


7,144.00 


Rental of Town Property 


3,800.00 


4,000.00 


Adjustment in Assessment 






South Shore Regional School District 




4,402.00 


Total of Actual Receipts and 






Estimated Receipts 


476,644.00 


481,046.00 


ITEMS NOT ENTERING INTO THE DETERMINATION OF THE TAX RAT 




Committed 




Amount 


Interest 


Total 


Sewer Charges 3,718.21 


2,051.84 


5,770.05 


Sewer Connection Charges 150.00 


85.00 


235.00 


Sewer Use Charges 1 ,788.99 




1,788.99 
7,794.04 


Water Liens Added to Tax 32,795.84 




32,795.84 



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ABATEMENTS GRANTED DURING 1978 





Personal 


Real 






Property 


Estate 


Total 


Levy of 1975-1976 




3,674.91 


3,674.91 


Levy of 1976-1977 


157.50 


247.50 


405.00 


Levy of 1977-1978 


753.66 


23,945.30 


24,698.96 


Levy of 1978-1979 


868.00 


56,441.98 


57,309.98 


Motor Vehicle and Trailer 


Excise 






Levy of 1978 






31,342.61 


Levy of 1977 






12,458.98 


Levy of 1976 






3,264.77 


Levy of 1975 






2,015.16 


Levy of 1974 






441.93 



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CENSUS 



HEALTH SERVICES REPORT - 1977/78 

J. O. D. H. H. S./Jr. H. S. 

405 457 909 



TOTAL 



1771 



Physicals 

Sch. Phys. (gr. 1) 
Parent Present (gr. 
Fam.Phys. K-1 
Referrals (gr, 1) 
Compl'ted Ref. 

VISION 

Tested 

Failed Re test 
Eye Spec. Ck. 
Never Checked 
Correct Ref. 



1) 



97 


124 gr. 4 


356 gr 


89 








89 


15 


300 


6 


3 


6 


6 


3 


6 


405 


457 


909 


5 


17 


17 


5 


17 


17 











5 


17 


17 



7-12 



577 
89 

404 
15 
15 



1771 

39 

39 



39 



AUDIO 



Tested 

Failed Re test 
Ear Spec. Ck. 
Correct Ref. 
Never Checked 



15 


457 


909 


7 


2 


7 


7 


2 


7 


7 


2 


7 












1771 

16 

16 

16 





IMMUNIZATIONS 8c 
OTHER 

D&T(gr.9) 

Mantoux Test (Tbc) Chefs CI 

ScoUosis Screening (gr. 5-12) 



pos. 



57 


57 


22 


22 


Opos. 






263 



REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR OF TAXES 

July 1,1977 to June 30, 1978: 
Total Commitment of Warrants from the Board of Assessors 1978 

1976 Motor Vehicle 

1977 Motor Vehicle 

1978 Motor Vehicle 

1979 Real Estate 
1979 Personal Property 
1979 Water Liens 
1979 Sewer Betterments 
1979 Sewer Connections, added to Taxes 
1979 Sewer Use Charges, added to Taxes 
1979 Sewer Interest Committed, added to Taxes 



266.00 
48,315.01 
340,821.66 
4,789,998.48 
162,258.47 
32,795.84 
3,718.21 
150.00 
1,788.99 
2,136.84 
5,382,249.50 



Total Commitment of Warrants from Water and Sewer Department 361,139.09 
Total Commitment of Warrants from the Harbor Master 9,349.00 

Total Abatement Certificates received from Board of Assessors 1978 



Levy of 1974: 
Motor Vehicles 

Levy of 1975: 
Motor Vehicles 



1,421.49 
2,015.16 



Levy of 1976: 
Motor Vehicles 
Real Estate 
Personal Property 

Levy of 1977: 
Motor Vehicles 
Real Estate 
Personal Property 

Levy of 1978: 
Motor Vehicles 
Real Estate 
Personal Property 

Levy of 1979: 
Real Estate 
Personal Property 



3,264.77 

3,674.91 

53.45 



12,458.88 

3,190.51 

450.00 



31,342.61 

23,945.30 

753.66 



56,441.98 

868.00 

139,880.72 



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Total Abatements from the Harbor Master 


417.00 


Total Abatements from the Water and Sewer Department 


1,996.58 


Revenue CoUected - 7/1/77-6/30/78: 

Total Taxes, Water Collections, Sewer & Interest 
Total Accounts Receivable 


5,283,258.18 
71,593.59 




5,354,851.77 


Unpaid Taxes and Charges: 

Sewer Use Charges added to Taxes, Fiscal '77 & '78 


234.73 


1976 Real Estate 
1976 Personal Property 


4,366.60 

53.45 


1977 Real Estate 
1977 Personal Property 


37,227.42 
355.10 


1978 Real Estate 
1978 Personal Property 


236,345.85 
2,899.11 


1974-1978 Motor Vehicles 


96,417.94 



377,900.20 



Departmental: 

Veterans Assistance 
School Department 
Cemetery — Sale of Lots and Graves 
Fire Department — Ambulance Service 
Harbor Department — Mooring Fees 
Rental of Property and Misc. 
Sewer Use Charges 
Town Hall 



13,976.25 

366.51 

59.90 

4,500.00 

5,073.00 

2,469.80 

4,701.09 

50.88 

31,197.43 



Water Department: 
Water Meters 
Water Liens, Fiscal 1976 
Water Liens, Fiscal 1977 
Water Uens, Fiscal 1978 



68,975.75 

130.06 

1,028.62 

4,750.00 

74,884.43 



Sewer Department: 

Sewer Betterments added to Taxes, Fiscal 1977 
Interest added to Taxes, Fiscal 1977 
Sewer Betterments added to Taxes, Fiscal 1978 
Interest added to Taxes, Fiscal 1978 



81.08 

94.50 

193.25 

164.22 

533.05 



Respectfully submitted, 

Gordon E. Flint 
Treasurer-Collector 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN TREASURER 

July 1, 1977 through June 30, 1978 

BALANCE IN TREASURY July 1 , 1977 

Received from Collector of Taxes 
Received from Town Collector 
Received from other sources 



$ 924,904.07 

5,283,258.18 

71,479.59 

10,811,223.93 

17,090,865.77 

Paid Selectmen's Warrants nos. 1-124 incl. 16,068,274.67 

BALANCE IN TREASURY June 30, 1 978 $ 1,022,591.10 

DEPOSITORIES: 

Rockland Trust Company $ 36,245.51 

Rockland Trust Company (payroll account) 83,812.29 

South Shore Bank (Federal Revenue Sharing account) 2,404.45 

Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company 300,708.48 
State Street Bank and Trust Company (Water Reservoir acct.) 1 3 1 ,44 1 .67 

South Shore Bank 591.59 

Plymouth Home National Bank 259.28 

State Street Bank 647.28 

New England Merchants 545.47 

Norfolk County Trust 1 ,34 1 .7 1 

First National Bank of Boston 199,234.40 

Harbor National Bank 220,123.30 

United States Trust Company 40,035.67 

Lincobi Trust Company 5 ,1 00.00 

Cash in Drawer 100.00 

$ 1,022,591.10 



Respectfully submitted, 

Gordon E. Flint 
Treasurer-Collector 



266 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 
ANNUAL REPORT - 1978 

It is with pleasure I submit to you my fifth annual report as chairperson of 
the Cohasset School Committee. 

Any success enjoyed by our school system in 1978 should be attributed to 
the leadership and cooperation of the administration and professional staff and 
to the dedication and loyalty of all the non-teaching personnel whose work 
often goes unnoticed. The School Committee would like to extend its sincere 
appreciation to them for their cooperation and concem for the Cohasset School 
System. 

January 

The School Committee accepted the request for Title IVB, Library and In- 
structional Resource Application, for 1978 in the amount of $11,558.88. This 
is an outright grant from the Federal Government. Of this amount, $9,558.88 
will be spent on library books and the remaining $2,000 on instructional equip- 
ment. 

Any class with an initial enrollment of 10 students or less must have the 
approval of the School Committee before it is offered. 

Health and safety equipment was purchased for $3,000 from school funds for 
the use of municipal agencies in the town. This amount has been reimbursed to 
the town's E & D Fund by a federal grant. 

For budgetary reasons it was voted not to continue the position of Director 
of Curriculum. 

February 

The retirement letters of resignation from two elementary school teachers 
were accepted with regret: 

Mary Donovan — effective July 5, 1978 
Violet O'Quin - effective June 30, 1979 

The social studies program was accepted as presented and $1,400 was added 
to the textbook account to implement the revised World History program. 

Three seniors, John Zobel, Eric Smith and Lori Reynolds were selected for 
advanced consideration in the National Merit Scholarship award. 

Michael Gumis, a senior, was one of 40 students in the United States to be 
given a Westinghouse Science Talent Search award. 

Cohasset became a member of the National Association of Student Councils. 

An evaluation summary of the Alternative School was presented and voted as 
part of the 1978-1979 school year. 



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The sum of $10,000 was included in the budget for a survey of energy con- 
servation measures for the Cohasset Schools. 

An additional 1/5 time teacher for the foreign language department was 
approved in the amount of $2,450. 

March 

A large trophy was displayed that was won for the school by the Jazz-Rock 
Ensemble on March 1st at the Southeast District Festival in Sharon, MA. Peter 
Cook was awarded a plaque and gift certificate as outstanding musician. Also 
receiving talent citations were Dean Kraft, Sarah Atkinson and Chris Williams. 

It was voted to reduce the kindergarten staff by 1/2 teacher and the Junior/ 
Senior High School English staff by 1/2 teacher. 

The 1978-1979 school budget was approved in the amount of $3,414,985, 
plus sums for secretarial adjustments and other items. 

April 

A one day "Move-up" program was voted by Committee. 

The Committee authorized the South Shore Council on AlcohoHsm to con- 
duct a survey of "Use of Alcohol in the Cohasset Public Schools in Grades 
7-12." The Superintendent was instructed to offer a three-credit in-service 
course conducted by the South Shore Council on AlcohoUsm during the 1978- 
1979 school year if the need warranted. 

Mr. Kenneth Ekberg, principal of the Deer Hill School, was voted to tenure 
starting with the 1978-1979 school year. 

Mr. John Raftery, Business Manager, was reappointed with a two-year con- 
tract for the period July 1, 1978 - June 30, 1980. 

May 

The Cohasset High School Jazz-Rock Band placed first in Division Three at 
the music festival held in Boston at the Berkley Performance Center on April 29. 
Bob Blossom and Peter Cook were each awarded a scholarship for their per- 
formance . 

The Committee accepted with regret the retirement letter of resignation re- 
ceived from Eunice Truesdell, elementary teacher, effective July 10, 1978. She 
was commended for her twenty -three years of service with the school system. 

Student Advisory Council members reported that two $100 scholarships 
will be awarded at graduation by the Council. 

The Committee voted to charge a tuition of no less than $1,750 per METCO 
student for the 1978-1979 school year. 

The elementary school summer reading and math program for the sum of 
$2,925 were approved. 

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The Committee voted to hold class night June 1st and to hold graduation at 
the Music Circus on June 4th. 

Accepted the retirement letter of resignation from Harry Rodgers, elementary 
music teacher, effective June 30, 1978, 

It was voted as poUcy to award honorary diplomas for international exchange 
students and special students. 

The Gifted/Talented Program for the 1978-1979 school year at the Deer Hill 
School was approved. 

June 

A letter of resignation from Evelyn Thoren, High School Science Teacher, 
effective May 15, 1978, was accepted. 

The Committee accepted a letter of resignation from Betty Haviland, elemen- 
tary school teacher effective May 17, 1978. 

The Title I Program, fully funded by the Federal Government in the amount 
of $14,658, was accepted. 

The METCO proposal was to be re filed for 36 students at a tuition rate of 
$1,336 per student; the original proposal of $1,750 had been rejected by the 
State Department of Education as being too costly. 

It was moved by Committee that the system-wide Music Department have 
three music teachers, plus 2/5 teacher at Joseph Osgood for a total of 3.4 music 
teachers, (3 music teachers between Deer Hill and the High School.) 

July 

The retirement letter of resignation from Florence Ayers, who served 38 
years of full-time service to the Cohasset children, was accepted, effective June 
30,1978. 

August 

The Committee accepted a letter of resignation from Dr. Kilbum Culley, 
Director of Curriculum and Instruction effective September 22, 1978. 

The letter of resignation from Mrs. Helaine Kablotsky, elementary teacher, 
effective August 2, 1978, was accepted. 

The Committee accepted a letter of resignation from Curtis Collins, Chair- 
person of the EngUsh Department, effective September 1, 1978. 

A letter of resignation from Jeannine Coyne, elementary teacher, was accep- 
ted, effective September 5, 1978. 

September 

The tax rate for Cohasset was established for 1978-1979 with an increase of 
$2.20, bringing the tax rate to $49.60, one of the lowest in the area. 

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October 

The Committee and the Cohasset Teachers' Association signed a three-year 
contract. 

November 

The Committee honored a request for Mrs. Dorothy Bates to teach beyond 
the mandatory retirement age of 70 years for the remainder of the 1978-1979 
school year. 

The Superintendent was instructed to bring in a "0" increase budget for the 
1979-1980 school year. 

December 

The resignation of the school nurse, Janet DiGregorio, was accepted, effective 
December 22, 1978. 

To all agencies, officers and boards of the town who have assisted us during 
the 1978 year, the Committee expresses its sincere appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Doris Golden, Chairperson 

Committee Members: 

Mrs. Josephine Mahoney, Vice Chairperson 
Mr. John Langmaid, Secretary 
Mr. Frank Eng;land 
Mrs. Irene Brown 
Mrs. Patricia Walsh 



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SUPERINTENDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT - 1 978 

It is with pleasure that I submit to you my fourth annual report as Superin- 
tendent of Schools in Cohasset. 

The poHtical and financial uncertainties of the last quarter of the calendar 
year are reminiscent of the turbulence of the 1973-1974 era. We are again ex- 
periencing the difficulties associated with a substantial Middle East price increase 
for oil. This announced increase is resulting in much higher prices for heating 
fuels, gasoline, electricity and other petroleum related manufactured products. 
The prime rate being charged by leading financial institutions is approaching 
12%. The beleaguered taxpayer is venting his frustrations by supporting poHtical 
candidates who expound concepts such as Proposition 13 and 2 1/2. There is 
no question that our citizens want relief from high taxes at almost any cost. 

As I pen my report to you, the citizens of Cohasset, it is in the context of an 
emotionally charged national atmosphere, one in which the citizen's demands 
for pubUc services continues unabated, yet the willingness to pay for these same 
services through taxation is diminishing. The dilemma is obvious. Corresponding- 
ly, I wish to ask each of you to reflect upon the question, "at what price do we 
sacrifice quality education?" 

It is beginning to appear that the balance between effective, quality education 
and the resources necessary to maintain that effectiveness and quality is shifting 
ominously; that resistance to providing adequate support is threatening the pro- 
grams of the Cohasset Public Schools in at least six different ways. 

First is the matter of accompHshments. Over the past few years Cohasset has 
instituted a model pre -kindergarten screening program which identifies at the 
earliest possible stage the strengths and weaknesses in a child's most basic learn- 
ing potential. This procedure is followed up by instruction specifically tailored 
to bring each child to the state of readiness for learning that will help him/her 
achieve to his/her potential. In accomplishing this task we are fulfilling one of 
the philosophical aims of your School Committee. Transition classes for students 
who need a little extra learning time and instruction before moving to the next 
grade, mathematics competency tests, the mathematics lab, and the reading lab 
are also excellent examples of the system's willingness to obtain this goal. If 
transition classes and speciaHzed instructional labs lose out in the struggle for 
budget support, the pre-kindergarten screening and the testing programs will 
become like fingers pointing accusingly at the schools: They will say, "Here is 
the information you need to teach these children; why do you not use it?" 

The science courses at the junior-senior high level have been intensively re- 
viewed and revised, and the need for a natural science component in the ele- 
mentary science program is under consideration. If our science programs are to 
get off the ground, they must be fuUy funded; otherwise, all that has been 
accomplished by review and revision may just as well not have ever occurred. 

Most significant of all our accomplishments in 1978 has been the elimination 
of the gap between aptitude and achievement on our Science Research Associ- 



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ates and Iowa Standardized Tests. This past year was the first time that notable 
goal was realized. It did not happen by chance or magic. It will not happen again 
without commitment, effort, and support. 

The second of the six potential threats is related to recommendations made 
by informed, impartial, and objective evaluators. The visiting committee of the 
New England Association of Schools and Colleges will be here again. Are we 
going to be able to demonstrate progress and strength sufficient to warrant con- 
tinued accreditation? And what of the very first recommendation made by 
Educational Testing Service after a year-long evaluation of our K-12 language 
arts program completed in June. They wrote, "As shown in the Hterature of this 
current national 'crisis' in writing, the Cohasset program represents the kind of 
intensive effort most experts believe is needed." The report of the Educational 
Testing Service specifically pointed to the need to continue the current level 
of support in terms of teaching loads and resources. In line with this suggestion, 
we have purchased new spelling books in grades 1-3 and 7-8 and language arts 
books in grades 4-6. These efforts must be nurtured if they are to produce 
results. 

Third among the six problems is that of challenges presently being accepted. 
Foremost among them is the challenge to the entire physical education program 
represented by the state's new definitions and regulations requiring that sixty 
hours of instructional time be devoted to this discipline. Cohasset's physical 
education department has begun a full scale overhaul of its curriculum and 
methods of instruction, and is retraining its staff. Failure to support this effort 
fuUy will leave the program in limbo, immaturely developed, and in question- 
able compliance with state law. 

The fourth problem area is that of uimiet needs. Let us not be so disillusioned 
as to believe that we are doing for our students all that our School Committee's 
philosophy statement calls for. An extensive and defensible health and safety 
curriculum has been prepared for approval. There has been no action on the 
proposed curriculum this year: however, the Superintendent has encouraged 
Committee to accept his recommendation for the employment of a full-time 
health education teacher for the 1979-1980 school year. Occupational and 
career education have been shown nationally to be a need in school systems. 
Despite previous reluctance, the town will have to face up to the fact that 
Cohasset children are no more informed and sophisticated about careers than 
children in other communities and that setting up an occupational education 
kit in the guidance office is not enough to meet the need. Full K-12 programs, 
tied in with traditional academic courses as well as with offerings in the indus- 
trial arts and home economics departments wiU have to be inaugurated. 

Fifth among the six threatened areas is the ability to continue to hve up to 
community expectations. The school system cannot and has not existed in a 
vacuum. The Communications Councils are ample testimony to that. A town 
with Cohasset's socio-economic status and high educational level among the 
population generally has definite expectations for its children. Demonstrably, 
Cohasset expects many of its children to be at home in diverse places through- 
out the world; many Cohasset children travel extensively. Clearly, Cohasset 



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expects most of its children to go on to college and many of its students to take 
advanced degrees. Foreign language study is essential for sophisticated travel and 
university education. The foreign language program in Cohasset has been grow- 
ing while that of many communities has been shrinking. It is pleasing to note 
that seventy-three percent of our secondary school student body is studying a 
foreign language, and we have noticed a rekindling of interest in Latin and 
French. A growing program which is consistent with community expectations 
needs to be supported. 

In addition, there can be no doubt that a town of Coh asset's status enjoys a 
certain quality of Ufe that is different from that of municipalities with lesser 
economic stature, and the community expects its children to be able to enjoy 
the advantages that accompany such uniqueness. Art and music are as surely a 
part of the quality of Hfe in Cohasset as are commerce, professional service, golf, 
and tennis. If the quality of Hfe that Cohasset adults appreciate and enjoy is to 
be passed on to their children, then art and music education need to be as 
strongly supported as commerce, the professions, and sports. 

Finally, the sixth problem is a threatening portent to the community as a 
whole. There are changes occurring in Cohasset which bear directly upon the 
youth and work against quality education and all that we hope for the town's 
children and its future. When students take the Scholastic Aptitude Test — and 
better than 90% of Cohasset students do — they also fill out a Student Descrip- 
tive Questionnaire (SDQ) administered by the College Board. An examination 
of Cohasset's SDQ results over the past half dozen years reveals a trend among 
Cohasset students away from active involvement in civic organizations and 
opportunities. If, as stated in the school system's philosophy, Cohasset wants its 
students to become responsible and contributing citizens, then Cohasset voters, 
through their School Committee, must be willing to fund social studies programs 
that do more than teach history. 

The entire question of adequate financial support for quality education must 
be dealt with promptly and surely. The strength of the Cohasset School System 
depends on that resolution. We must ask ourselves: "at what price quality?" 

Respectfully submitted, 

John F. Maloney, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools 



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SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES THAT OFFERED ADMISSION TO 

COHASSET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIORS 

IN THE CLASS OF 1978 



American International College 

American University 

Aquinas Junior College 

Azusa Pacific College 

Babson College 

Bay State Junior College 

Bentley College 

Blaine Hair School 

Boston College 

Boston State College 

Boston University 

Bowdoin College 

Brandeis University 

Bridgewater State College 

Brown University 

Bryant College 

Burdett School 

California Northridge 

Cape Cod Community College 

Case Western Reserve University 

Castelton State College 

Central Connecticut State College 

Clark University 

Colby College 

Colby-Sawyer College 

Colgate University 

College of the Holy Cross 

Connecticut College 

Cornell University 

Curry College 

Drew University 

Duke University 

Eckerd College 

Elizabethtown College 

Emmanuel College 

Emory University 

Fairfield University 

Fitchburg State College 

Florida State University 

Framingham State College 

Franklin Institute - Boston 

Franklin Pierce College 

Georgia Institute Technology 

Hartt College of Music 

Harvard/ Radcliffe College 

Husson College 



New England Baptist School of Nursing 

New England College 

New England Deaconess 

New Hampshire College 

New Hampton School 

New York University 

Nichols College 

North Adams State College 

Northeastern University 

Ohio Weslyan 

Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing 

Pine Manor College 

Plymouth State College 

Princeton University 

Providence College 

Quincy Vocational Technical School 

Regis College 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

Ripon College 

Roger Williams College 

Rollins College 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 

St. Anselm's College 

St. Lawrence University 

St. Michael's College 

Salem State College 

Salve Regina College 

Sarah Lawrence College 

Simmons College 

Southeastern Massachusetts University 

Springfield College 

Stanford University 

Stonehill College 

Syracuse University 

Thiel College 

Trinity College 

Tufts University 

Union College 

United States Coast Guard Academy 

United States Naval Academy - AnnapoHs 

Unity College 

University of Farmington 

University of Maine - Orono 

University of Massachusetts - Amherst 

University of Massachusetts - Boston 

University of New Hampshire 



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Ithaca College University of Notre Dame 

Keene State University University of Rhode Island 

Lasell Junior College University of Rochester 

LawrenceviUe School University of Vermont 

Lesley College University of Virginia 

Lyndon State College Villanova University 

Marietta College Warner Sadler College 

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Washington University 

Massasoit Community College Wentworth Institute of Technology 

Merrimack College Western New England College 

Middlebury College Westfield State College 

Mitchell College Wheelock College 

Monmouth College Williams College 

Nasson College 

Nazareth College 

PROFILE OF THE CLASS OF 1978 

Cohasset is a residential community of about 7800 population situated on the 
coast 20 miles south of Boston. Most of the residents are engaged in professional 
occupations and business in the city of Boston. The town is one of a high 
socio-economic status. 

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT - 1977-1978 

Grade 9 - 167; Grade 10- 150; Grade 11 - 133; Grade 12 - 155; TOTAL- 605 

I. Q. AVERAGE -117 

IOWA TEST OF EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT - 

The class of 1978 has maintained an average above the 70th %ile for the past 
3 years. 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION - 

based on final grades as Juniors in full-year major courses only 

1976-77 A B C D F 

12% 36% 44% 5% 3% 

Average grade index for all students in the Junior Year was 2.49 on a 4 point 
scale. 

(A=4;B=3;C=2;D=1) 

Percent of students studying 5 major subjects 89%. 

Students are ranked by the recommendation of the N.A.S.S.P. and 
A.A.C.R.A.O. 



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ACCREDITATION - 

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools latest accredita- 
tion - 1972. 

ADVANCED EDUCATION (Class of 1977) 

4 Yr. Colleges 2 Yr. Colleges Nursing & Other Work Service 

. 69% 6% 7% 16% 2% 

82% to further education 

STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 13-1 

All English classes limited to 25 or fewer students. All other classes limited 
to 30 or fewer students. 

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE: 21 

Each subject area is grouped homogeneously independently of other sub- 
jects. Each discipUne has honors grouping; for example, honors groups in 
English, history, mathematics, science and languages. Cohasset is utilizing the 
following programs — ISCS Science; BSCS Biology; Harvard Project Physics; 
PSSC Physics, and CHEM Chemistry. We have been a participant in the Ad- 
vanced Placement Program for the past 17 years. This year advanced placement 
courses will be offered in calculus, English, biology, European History and 
French. Language courses employ the use of a language laboratory. 

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION - JUNIOR YEAR SCORES 

S.A.T. 



Achievement Averages 

Biology 615 

Chemistry 446 

Enghsh 523 

Math Level I 552 
Each achievement test 
hsted above included 
10 or more examina- 
tions. 





Average 453 




Average 519 






VERBAL 




MATH 




1% 




750-800 
700-749 




3% 
3% 


1% 




650-699 




12% 


6% 




600-649 




8% 


12% 




550-599 




13% 


16% 




500-549 




15% 


17% 




450-499 




18% 


14% 




400-449 




11% 


20% 




350-399 




9% 


9% 




300-349 




6% 


2% 




250-299 




2% 


2% 




200-249 







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1978 GRADUATES 



Kathryn Anderson 
Sarah-Ellen Atkinson 
Thomas A. Ballerino 
Scott CalHs Barcomb 
John Herbert Barrett, Jr. 
Ann Ehzabeth Bellefontaine 
J. Stephen Bjorklund 
Robert W. Blossom, II 
Robert S. Booth, III 
Mark Norton Bramblett 
Donna Marie Brown 
Jennifer Lynne Brown 
Richard H. Brown, Jr. 
Philip Lincoln Brownell 
Donna Patricia Buckley 
Doreen Marie Buckley 
Renee A. Burrows 
John Christopher Cahill 
JuHa Hallett Carlson 
Peter Carmody 
Edward Michael Carroll 
Michael A. Caruso 
Pamina Caruso 
Linda Jean Chapman 
Holly Chase 

Darlene Michelle Christie 
Lucinda Joy Clarke 
Richard Coletta 
Christopher Myles Collins 
Terri Jean Cone 
Christopher Starke Cowan 
Jennifer Sinclair Dean 
Paul Joseph DeGiacomo 
Lisa Aime Deignan 
Kelly Ann Dickson 
Donna DiNardo 
Mark William Ditmar 
Lisa Ann DiTullio 
Stephen R. DiTullio 
Paul Michael D'Onofrio 
Thomas Eugene Dooley 
Maureen EUzabeth Dunn 
Peter A. Durant 
John Thomas Durkin 
Karyl Susan Enos 
Deirdre Ann Fahy 
Mary Ellen Farrell 
James Joseph Farren 



Richard Warren Farwell, Jr. 
Tracy Ann Femalld 
Julie Ann Fessler 
Michael Lloyd Fichtner 
Scott Winslow Fone 
Mary Margaret Fox 
Dianne Loretta Gleaves 
Catherine Lynn Gonsalves 
Robert Francis Goyette 
Daniel F. Gunville 
Michael Christopher Gurnis 
G. Tyrone Harris 
Paul L. Hellar 
Thomas Gerard Heman 
Charles Matthew Hoffman 
Susan Frances Howl 
Jonathan Campbell Hoy 
Paul Edward Hurtig 
Philip Joseph Jackman 
Bruce Alan James 
Doima Lee Jones 
Maryellen Joyce 
John F. Keane 
Stephen James Keating 
Nancy Anne KeUeher 
Karen Marie Kent 
Bruce KiQion 
Lisa Louise Kjer 
Karen Leslie Knight 
Dean Kraft 
Eileen Kurtz 
Joseph Abe Lahage 
Peter G. Laugelle 
Jeffrey W. Lincoln 
Kristin Andrea Linsley 
Michael Joseph Londergan 
Sandra Louise MacDonald 
Patrick Leo Madigan 
Maureen Marches! 
Arlene Teresa Marks 
Herbert Loring Marsh 
Cameron Meadow Martin 
Lisa Anne McAdams 
Lisa Ann McCarthy 
Kathleen M. McCloskey 
Charles John McCormick, Jr. 
Eileen Kathryn McDonald 
David Stendahl McLeod 



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Christine McNeill Debra Ann Whitlow 

Richard V. Morse Jerome Andrew Whitney, III 

Ewan Hugh Munro Patrick Oliver Wilmoth 

Joanne EHzabeth Nardo John Hiller Zobel 

John W. Nash, III Michael Frederic Zotos 

Katherine EHzabeth Neelon 

Thane Verle Norris 

Bernadette Maryann O'Brien 

Susan Christine O'Connell 

Daniel Patrick O'Leary 

Ann Marie O'Rourke 

Maura Helene O'Rourke 

Thomas Parziale 

Saira Niranian Patel 

William C.Paton 

Paul E. PatroHa 

Joseph Francis Perroncello 

Brian K. Perry 

James Matthew Porter 

Michelle Marie Powers 

Wendy J. Pratt 

Eugene Thomas Price 

Dominique Jacqueline Prost 

Michael Edward Quinlan 

Lori Reynolds 

Nicholas Wooster Roberts 

Miguel Rodriquez Caravajal 

John Michael Roy 

Renee Marie Ryan 

Christopher James Salerno 

Scott Danforth Sandblom 

Diane Lynn Sargent 

Mary Elizabeth Sarian 

David Andrew Schleicher 

Gayle Elizabeth Seavey 

Mary Settino 

Kristen L. Sharp 

Stephen David Sinopoli 

Catharina S. Sizoo 

Shelanne Sladen 

Eric Anthony Smith 

Charles L. Stover, Jr. 

Cynthia L. Stover 

Sheryl Thelma Sutheriand 

Hamilton Thaxter Tewksbury, II 

LilHan V. Thompson 

Daniel Robert Tilden 

Richard Francis Topper 

Yvonne F. Vest 

Kristine Ellen Westerhoff 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Fiscal Year July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1978 

In accordance with Section XII of the South Shore Regional School District 
Agreement effective January 6, 1960, 1 submit herewith details of the fiscal year 
July 1, 1977 thru June 30, 1978, Financial transactions of the School District. 

Details are presented with respect to the July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1978 esti- 
mated expenditures and their apportionment to member towns, actual receipts 
and expenditures, and a balance sheet and statement of outstanding debt as of 
June 30, 1978. 

Total operating expenditures for the fiscal year were $1,217,579.05 and 
Capital Outlay expenditures were $350,991.72, details of which are shown in 
the expenditure schedule. 

Various additional expenditures under self-explanatory titles were made as 
per details set forth in the expenditure schedule. 

Salary increases for all employees for the fiscal year 1977-1978 averaged 
5.67% and the total of all salaries paid equaled approximately 71% of operating 
costs. 

On June 7, 1977, a general contract for the construction of a "mini-addition" 
to our school facilities was awarded to Scaldini Inc., of Medford, Massachusetts. 
Construction was started on June 27, 1977 with a target date for completion of 
the project in six mionths time on or about December 31, 1977. As of the close 
of the current fiscal year June 30, 1978, this project was approximately 80% 
completed. 

Repeated construction delays occurred as the result of personnel problems 
that developed between the representatives of Scaldini Inc., and the School 
District Committee which together with material shortages and bad weather 
conditions that caused extensive winter storm damage on the project, are the 
principal reasons for the delay incurred in completion of this project. The esti- 
mated completion date of the project at the present time is expected to be on 
or about November 1, 1978. 

During the fiscal year ended June 30, 1978, the first two of five annual con- 
struction reimbursement receipts relative to our "mini-addition" project were 
received from the State School Building Assistance Commission totaUing 
$108,154.60. 

Surplus Revenue was determined to be $682,633.45 as of June 30, 1978 
which was derived from the following sources: 



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Balance July 1 , 1977 $369,569.99 
Additions: 

Excess District Receipts 
over estimates used 

Equipment Sales and Lost 926.29 

Insurance Revenues 3,329.14 

Investment Income 48,050.79 

Miscellaneous Income 1,842.87 

Shop Sales 30,125.73 
State Grants 

Operating Cost Reimbursed 4 1 ,403 .00 

Pupil Transportation Reimbursed ( 6,660.00) 

Regional School Aid Reimbursed 1 5 ,088 .00 

School Construction Reimbursed 108,154.60 

Special Needs Reimbursed 4 1 ,3 53 .00 

Tuition Income 1,832.00 
Unexpended Appropriations 

1977-78 Operating Costs 80,726.95 366,172.37 

735,742.36 
Deductions: 

1977 Surplus revenue used to reduce 

1977-78 Operating Cost Assessment 50,000.00 

Transfer for Out-of-State Travel 1 ,300.00 

Transfer to School Lunch Revolving Fund 1 ,800.00 

Bad Check Loss 8.91 53,108.91 

Balance June 30, 1978 682,633.45 

A $100,000.00 portion of the 1977-78 Surplus Revenue has been voted by 
the School District Committee to be used to reduce the July 1, 1978 to June 
30, 1979 Fiscal Year Operating Cost Assessment to member towns of our 
school district resulting in a remaining balance of $582,633.45. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John A. Ashton, Treasurer 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

BUDGET DATA 

July 1,1977 to June 30, 1978 



Operating Costs 

Salaries 
Expenses 

Total Operating Costs 
Less - 1976-1977 Surplus Revenue 

1977-1978 Estimated Receipts 
Operating Cost Reimb. 
Regional School Aid Reimb. 
Transportation Reimb. 
Net Operating Cost Assessment 
to Member Towns 

Capital Costs 

New Equipment 

Expansion Planning Account 

Total Capital Cost Assessment 

to Member Towns 
Total 1977-1978 Assessment 

to Member Towns 



847,929.00 
449,077.00 

50,000.00 50,000.00 



352,715.00 

151,222.00 

35,084.00 



539,021.00 



24,520.00 
55,487.00 



1,297,006.00 



589,021.00 



707,985.00 



80,007.00 



787,992.00 



Apportionment of 1977-1978 Estimated District Expenditures to Member Towns 





Opeiating 


Costs 


Capital Costs 




School 




School 




Enrollment 




Enrollment 


Towns 


10/1/76 


Ratio Amount 


10/1/73-75 Ratio Amount 


Abington 


77 


20.81% 147,332.00 


231 21.92% 17,538.00 


Coh asset 


9 


2.43% 17,204.00 


21 1.99% 1,592.00 


Hanover 


60 


16.22% 114,835.00 


168 15.94% 12,753.00 


Norwell 


49 


13.24% 93,737.00 


127 12.05% 9,641.00 


Rockland 


92 


24.87% 176,076.00 


278 26.37% 21,097.00 


Scituate 


83 


22.43% 158,801.00 


229 21.73% 17,386.00 


Totals 370 


100.00% 707,985.00 


1054 100.00% 80,007.00 






Total Assessments 






Abington 


164,870.00 






Cohasset 


18,796.00 






Hanover 


127,588.00 






Norwell 


103,378.00 






Rockland 


197,173.00 






Scituate 


176,187.00 






Total 


787,992.00 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
RECEIPTS 

Fiscal Year July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1978 



Cash Balance June 1,1977 




86,714.26 


Assessment Revenue 






Town of Abington 


164,870.00 




Town of Cohasset 


18,796.00 




Town of Hanover 


127,588.00 




Town of Norwell 


103,378.00 




Town of Rockland 


197,173.00 




Town of Scituate 


176,187.00 


787,992.00 


Equipment Sales and Lost 




926.29 


Insurance Recoveries 




3,329.14 


Investments 






Certificate of Deposit 


2,225,000.00 




Savings Account 


1,017,000.00 


3,242,000.00 


Investment Interest Income 




48,050.79 


Massachusetts Sales Tax 




1,185.07 


Miscellaneous Income 




1,662.87 


Rental Income 




180.00 


Revolving Funds 






Physical Education 


989.50 




Returned Checks 


179.69 




School Lunch 


45,327.68 




Shop Sales Deposits 


670.00 




Student Deposits 


1,161.00 




Uniform Rentals 


11,738.13 


60,066.00 


Shop Sales 




30,125.73 


State Grants 






Operating Expense Reimbursement 


394,118.00 




PupU Transportation Reimbursement 


28,424.00 




Regional School Aid 


166,310.00 




School Construction Reimbursement 


108,154.60 




Special Needs Reimbursement 


41,353.00 


738,359.60 


Salaries & Wages Accrued 






1976-1978 Custodial 


10,902.31 




1977-1978 Instructors 


44,277.75 


55,180.06 


Tuition Income 






Evening 


732.00 




Evening Registration 


1,100.00 


1,832.00 


Withholding 






Blue Cross 


23,544.00 




Deferred Annuities 


11,767.55 




Federal Income Tax 


122,326.01 




Group Life Insurance 


474.63 




Mass. Teachers Retirement 


30,955.11 




Plymouth County Retirement 


7,386.63 




State Income Tax 


37,606.69 




Union Dues 


4,868.24 


238,928.86 


Total Receipts 




5,209,818.50 
5,296,532.67 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
EXPENDITURES 

Fiscal Year July 1, 1977 to June 30, 1978 



Operating Expenses 
Salaries & Wages 



District Officer 




8,425.00 




Superintendent-Director 




29,505.00 




Assistant Director 




24,490.00 




Guidance 




40,511.85 




Teachers 




618,752.01 




Health 




7,244.02 




Library 




4,069.49 




Qerical 




31,107.79 




Custodians 




53,786.43 




Bus Drivers 




21,836.05 




Lunchroom Supervisor 




6,491.90 


846,219.54 


Other Expenses 








Administrative Supplies and Expenses 


73,147.15 




Travel- Administrative & Placement 




4,474.81 




Books and Instructional Supplies 




33,366.24 




Shop Supplies - Production & Misc. 




111,235.59 




Health & First Aid 




1,020.53 




Pupil Transportation 




20,210.05 




Janitors Supplies & Misc. Transp. 




8,361.94 




Utmties-Elec.-Gas-Oil-Tel.-Water 




51,485.91 




Maint. Land & Building 








Salaries & Wages 


80.00 






Materials & Supplies 


15,077.47 


15,157.47 




Maint. Machinery & Equipment 








Salaries & Wages 


3,498.00 






Materials & Supplies 


7,303.36 


10,801.36 




Chapter 766 Special Needs 








Outside Services 


1,517.00 






Materials & Supplies 


1,007.98 


2,524.98 




Alternative Program 








Salaries & Wages 


33,673.27 






Materials & Supplies 


5,900.21 


39,573.48 


371,359.51 


Total Operating Costs 






1,217,579.05 


Capital Outlay 








New Equipment 




20,830.50 




Expansion Planning Costs 




330,161.22 


350,991.72 


Investments 








Certificate of Deposit 




2,550,000.00 




Savings Account 




851,869.87 


3,401,869.87 


Mass. Sales Tax 






1,223.40 


Revolving Funds 








Physical Education 




406.41 




Returned Checks 




35.13 




School Lunch-Salaries & Wages 


14,888.86 






Materials & Supplies 


32,899.97 


47,788.83 




Shop Sales Deposit 




866.99 




Student Deposits 




1,155.00 




Uniform Rentals 




11,264.30 


61,516.66 


Salaries & Wages Accrued 








1976-1977 Instructors 






16,269.26 


Surplus Revenue 








Transfer to School Lunch Revolving 


Fund 


1,800.00 




Loss-Bad Check 




8.91 


1,808.91 



284 



Withholding 

Blue Cross-Blue Shield 
Deferred Annuities 
Federal Income Taxes 
Group Life Insurance 
Mass. Teachers Retirement 
Plymouth County Retirement 
State Income Taxes 
Union Dues 

Total Expenditures 

Cash Balance June 30, 1978 



23,022.48 

12,101.74 

122,326.01 

481.95 

31,849.14 

7,215.72 

37,606.69 

5,049.44 



239,653.17 

5,290,912.04 

5,620.63 

5,296,532.67 



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286 



SALARIES AND WAGES PAID CALENDAR YEAR 1978 



Employees Other 








Than School 


Gross 






David Place 


150.00 


Carol Beggan 


165.83 


Lester B. Hiltz 


310.50 


Eileen M. Buckley 


136.85 


Nelson C. Pratt, Jr. 


150.00 


Irma M. James 


54.74 


Estate of R. W. Rosano 


356.20 


Maria R. Pape 


98.21 


Henry W. Ainslie, Jr. 


1000.00 


Robert S. Pape 


210.91 


Mary Jeanette Murray 


1000.00 


Grace Tuckerman 


136.85 


Arthur L. Clark 


1100.00 


Dominic M. Baccari 


53.13 


John H. Barrett 


3000.00 


Frances Howley 


49.91 


Warren S. Pratt 


1300.00 


Nancy E. Sladen 


49.91 


Michael C. Patrolia 


1200.00 


Carol Townsend 


98.21 


F. Allen Weisenfluh 


1200.00 


Marguerite Libby 


86.94 


J. Blake Thaxter, Jr. 


13750.04 


Mary D. Migliaccio 


86.94 


Lot E. Bates 


249.96 


Qarence M. Grassie 


326.00 


T. Gerard Keating 


1600.00 


Louise E. Conroy 


326.00 


Edwin H. Pratt 


1572.00 


Patricia C. Buckley 


38.64 


Benjamin F. Curley, Jr. 


250.04 


Mary E. Brennock 


77.28 


Marguerite B. Ramsay 


8754.34 


Barbara Williams 


9.66 


Elizabeth L. Reddie 


1629.24 


Margaret C. Hernan 


77.28 


Bonnie L. DeVito 


374.92 


Arthur L. Lehr, Jr. 


80.50 


Marie McCarthy 


285.82 


Frederick E. Howe 


9.66 


Marjorie R. Galizio 


1322.52 


Catherine N. Brennock 


49.95 


Diane Kurtz 


4595.92 


John Cossart 


16.10 


Jane ElHs 


35.02 


Peggy Hassan 


16.10 


Stephen Blair 


30.08 


Bernard Mulcahy 


202.86 


Larry Blair 


30.08 


Kenneth Sargent 


12802.48 


Linda Curley 


30.08 


Todd Ramsay 


18.80 


William McAuUffe, Jr. 


30.08 


Randolph A. Feola 


25602.27 


Kelly McAuUffe 


30.08 


Richard P. Barrow 


22689.53* ( 784.00) 


William Kurtz 


86.48 


Charles E. Stockbridge 


27770.75* ( 736.50) 


John Kearney 


7.52 


Carmelo Conte 


19425.92* (2764.75) 


Torin Sweeney 


30.08 


John J. Rhodes, HI 


22341.41* (2194.75) 


William S. SignoreUi 


19758.82 


Joseph M. Kealey 


15766.97 


Jane L. Marsh 


7008.83 


aifton B. Jones 


22226.07* (3182.25) 


Louise N. Nason 


7520.13 


Brian Cogill 


24525.26* (5504.24) 


Kathleen Conte 


333.47 


Randolph A. Feola, Jr. 


20447.09* (1393.50) 


Gordon E. Flint 


17186.94 


David J. Pomarico 


21758.35* (2885.00) 


Ailene E. Orr 


8930.74 


Richard B. Abbadessa 


19198.32* ( 260.00) 


Nancy Snowdale 


5972.19 


Gerald P. Doyle 


19704.27* (1558.00) 


Pauline M. Byrnes 


1150.60 


Richard S. Churchill 


18613.36* ( 850.00) 


Jane L. Marsh 


2490.96 


Richard J. Fairbairn 


20939.94* (1922.75) 


John P. Riley 


200.00 


Paul J. Laugelle 


18566.41* ( 864.75) 


Dorothy V. Graham 


8930.74 


Brian W. Noonan 


20853.52* (2049.75) 


Joan St. John 


2347.52 


Gerard Buckley 


22755.28* (3531.25) 


Margaret M. Stoughton 


2818.79 


Richard Yocum 


1053.60 


Charles A. Marks 


4928.00 


Frederick Grassie 


7676.12 


Frances L. Marks 


8617.65 


Robert S. Williams, Jr. 


1253.25 


Constance Jones 


942.45 


Robert W. Jackson 


3155.79 


Edward E. Tower 


398.45 


Brian Stewart 


161.50 


Patricia A. Marks 


943.46 


David J. Moir 


3949.85 


Samuel Hassan 


161.08 


Douglas W. Smith 


4372.20* ( 317.50) 


Anthony Rosano 


147.90 


Charles Piepenbrink 


24197.89 


Jean M. Salvador 


136.85 


Thomas W. Hernan, Jr. 


18766.02 


Dorothy C. Bjorkgren 


136.85 


George E. Casey 


17644.45 


Donna McGee 


136.85 


Roger W. Lincoln 


16544.06 


Janice Rosano 


136.85 


James L. Gurry 


15084.16 


A. Patricia Barrow 


70.84 


Edward P. Barrow 


19828.42 


Mary Fiori 


88.55 


Ralph Perroncello 


15600.76 


Barbara Anderson 


49.91 







♦Bracket amounts represent payment to police officers for off-duty detail, which amounts are 
included in gross earnings. 

287 



Ernest J. Sullivan 


15183.74 


James Bulger 


90.24 


Frank S. Wheelwright 


14444.75 


James A. Litchfield 


13242.56 


David R. Marks 


14280.22 


Peter G. Laugelle 


13649.58 


John F. Thompson 


14068.23 


aifton F. Sargent 


11387.12 


William L. Nickerson 


14720.15 


Robert G. Noonan 


10237.47 


Richard M. Conley 


15337.67 


Gary S. Thorp 


7453.21 


Lin wood L. Davis 


14953.80 


Peter G. Laugelle, Jr. 


1940.16 


Arthur M. Pompeo, Jr. 


13828.50 


Chuck Spinzola 


142.88 


Edward M. Corbo 


14628.35 


John Burke, Jr. 


172.96 


Paul F. McGaffigan 


15094.04 


Michael P. Winn 


992.64 


Edward J. Struzik 


15390.47 


Joseph A. Sestito 


248.16 


John T. Boswell, III 


14775.98 


Richard Barrow, II 


360.96 


Matthew B. Marr 


13734.33 


Daniel Gunville 


1639.36 


Thomas P. Finegan 


14208.97 


Douglas Stover 


60.16 


Mark H. Trask 


14289.56 


Sean Laugelle 


353.44 


James P. Runey 


15558.82 


David Gunville 


150.40 


James R. Sheerin 


14421.26 


William DeCosta 


120.32 


John M. Sullivan 


12850.26 


Thomas Maher 


885.48 


Randall W. Rosano 


13530.55 


Kevin Sargent 


270.72 


William T. Litchfield 


13887.75 


Kevin P. O'Brien 


14666.56 


James E. Fiori 


13665.10 


Joseph S. Laugelle 


12676.54 


William J. Protulis 


9536.39 


David C. Cogill 


7544.47 


Dean Williams 


1578.56 


Thomas G. Hernan 


229.36 


Hermon J. Maynard 


669.03 


Phillip Thayer 


1729.60 


Kevin Soule 


150.93 


Robert Gunville 


15.04 


Albert L. Andrews, Jr. 


498.35 


Manuel E. Salvador 


16761.81 


Stephen Maynard 


1046.19 


Marilyn G. Sweeney 


3471.68 


John W. McPherson, Jr. 


316.00 


Robert E. Healy 


1361.12 


Austin E. Studley 


100.00 


Chris Meyerhoff 


146.64 


Donald F. Ainslie 


234.89 


Charles Stover 


1005.80 


William A. Brooke 


276.32 


Harold W. Litchfield 


13153.98 


Joseph S. Catrambone 


27.74 


Kenneth Souther 


17772.29 


James F. Collins, Jr. 


13.93 


Anthony C. Sestito 


14534.39 


Clifford J. Dickson 


922.78 


George Cenedella 


13507.87 


Dominic R. Emanuello 


262.51 


Richard Emanuello 


9681.52 


Paul V. Emanuello 


13.93 


James Curley 


5739.15 


Wilham D. Enos 


124.41 


Robert J. Kelleher 


2466.56 


Leo J. Fiori, Jr. 


27.74 


Lawrence Ainslie 


270.72 


William Litchfield 


27.74 


James R. McArthur 


1323.52 


John M. MacNeill 


439.42 


Mark Flint 


1744.64 


Earl R. McArthur, Jr. 


538.71 


Joseph S. Catrambone, Jr. 


1022.72 


Joseph A. Migliaccio 


428.23 


Barry J. Buckley 


782.08 


William R. Nickerson 


96.79 


Carl Sestito 


15.04 


Bruce Pratt 


511.09 


Dale Sestito 


15.04 


James M. Brown, Jr. 


78.96 


Christopher P. Keating 


466.24 


Richard M. Conley, Jr. 


82.72 


John F. James 


3067.20 


John M. Hernan 


30.08 


William 0. Souther 


304.56 


John J. McLean 


82.72 


Dean Kraft 


26.32 


James C. Piepenbrink 


233.12 


James Kelleher 


26.32 


Kirk L. Piepenbrink 


90.24 


Peter M. Kelleher 


278.24 


Thomas S. Piepenbrink 


90.24 


Nelson Rodriques 


379.76 


John E. Woods, III 


30.08 


Bruce Maynard 


56.40 


Harry M. Silvia 


152.03 


Louis C. Bailey, Jr. 


3025.17 


Vernon E. Tibbetts 


287.51 


Harry H. Ritter 


12776.52 


David R. Marks, Jr. 


234.89 


William Kelley 


233.12 


Rober Twofoot 


152.03 


John H. Barrett, Jr. 


55.62 


Thomas J. Long 


13.93 


Joseph Barrow 


1868.72 


Steven Wigmore 


15805.96 


Thomas G. Hernan 


1130.98 


Richard Gallo 


13607.87 


James R. Sheerin 


270.72 


James McNamara 


11470.75 


Joseph Conroy 


150.40 


Thomas Wigmore 


225.60 


Frank C. J. Hamilton 


270.72 



288 



James R. Brackett 


594.08 


Shelanne Sladen 


712.50 


Qifford J. Dickson 


95.12 


Dona M. Perroncello 


532.00 


Kevin B. O'Brien 


15.04 


John M. Roy 


546.00 


Paul Figueiredo 


150.40 


Paul F. Hogan 


32.50 


Richard P. Barrow, Jr. 


22.56 


John Levangie 


13.00 


David L. Patrolia 


120.32 


Ehsabeth C. Vanderlugt 


454.50 


William Stone 


50.00 


M. James Gallivan, Jr. 


208.00 


John Cooper 


376.00 


Maryanne M. Sutton 


234.50 


Francis X. O'Rourke 


150.40 


Charles F. Mundhenk 


60.00 


Jeffrey M. Davis 


15.04 


Richard A. Green 


85.50 


Dan Curtin 


210.56 


Marian F. Brown 


97.50 


Todd Williams 


90.24 


Richard J. Young 


42.00 


Richard E. Hayes 


16671.16 


Scott W. Fone 


36.00 


Evelyn B. Wood 


11665.00 


David L. Patrolia 


66.00 


Susan M. Watrous 


11480.82 


Richard Farwell 


28.00 


Susan Mary Pope 


3976.70 


William Hollis 


30.00 


Nancy Knight 


5727.44 


Charles Stover, Jr. 


56.00 


Robert Pattison 


3987.99 


Robert Bowen 


24.00 


Marilyn T. Pope 


7910.22 


Robert F. Goyette 


18.00 


Mark Young 


869.88 


Elaine H. Fahey 


10.00 


Helene B. Drummond 


3228.80 


Mary Ellen Scott 


67.50 


Jocelyn Kennedy 


587.81 


Judith Marie Murray 


157.00 


Mary Jo Ferris 


424.05 


John Barrett 


118.80 


JoAnn C. Mitchell 


5081.13 


Edwin H. Pratt 


19305.54 


Stephen Winn 


142.16 


Ehzabeth J. Maree 


8466.85 


Geraldine A. Lind 


856.44 


Harry D. Blair 


15225.37 


Lori Reynolds 


874.77 


William D. McAuliffe 


15312.02 


Martha Fink 


685.50 


Benjamin F. Curley, Jr. 


13833.82 


Mary Ellen Farrell 


620.83 


Albert L. Andrews, Jr. 


14974.23 


Laurie A. Silvia 


968.78 


George H. Herzog 


14944.65 


Kathy Neelon 


217.35 


Kenneth B. Butman 


9618.78 


Gayle Seavey 


185.73 


Michael E. Taylor 


5098.78 


Jeff Power 


13.23 


William Reynolds 


210.56 


David H. Pottenger 


120.00 


• Donna DiNardo 


36.63 


Sally Rossi 


39.10 


Shawn Sweeney 


150 40 


Alison Gilmore 


4.60 


Jerry Cogill 


10890.15 


Martha J. Smith 


1317.20 


Albert Meallo 


950.40 


Margaret D. Rossi 


2872.80 


Dana Ainslie 


1648.18 


John M. Worley 


13750.02 


Peter J. Graham 


1722.90 


Kurt M. Rever 


1331.50 


Kevin Soule 


312.38 


David Hanlon 


16.00 


Charles Stover 


60.24 


Jack Maloney 


16.00 


Paul Emanuello 


55.98 


Andrew Pottenger 


16.00 


Robert Barrow 


70.13 


Mary Ellen Scott 


180.00 


Donald Ainslie 


22.59 


Catherine A. McArdle 


503.00 


Robert Barrow, Jr. 


9.75 


Andrea M. Palardy 


325.00 


Mary N. Grassie 


192.98 


Todd Langford 


38.00 


Grand Total 


1506956.92 


Michael Nedrow 


18.00 






Craig Langford 


36.00 






Christopher MacKenzie 


50.00 






William Duncombe 


42.00 






David Duncombe 


42.00 






Steven M. Jancsics 


18.00 






Scott Muir 


24.00 






Mark McGuire 


290.00 






Peter A. Trask 


120.08 






Allan D. Fischer 


144.00 






Kathleen Farren 


721.88 






Bradford L. Jackson 


945.25 






Lawrence F. Drago 


691.50 






Pamela J. Gunville 


718.50 







289 



School Employees 



Gross 



School Employees 



Gross 



Maria Rose Pape 


6280.62 


Mary K. Muncey 


1569.30 


Maryann Ellis 


744.95 


Shirley Prendergast 


1889.25 


Janet Figueiredo 


4262.90 


Nancy P. Ross 


5302.64 


Mary Goff 


4375.70 


Karla Rose 


737.60 


Diane Karcher 


1254.90 


June Simeone 


6217.40 


Loretta Plumer 


3851.65 


Marjorie Anderson 


1828.05 


Marie Simmons 


3781.15 


Helen T. Delaney 


6028.00 


Lorraine F. Lesher 


1821.25 


Joan M. Ferry 


1791.45 


Donald Ainslie 


11948.96 


Winifred E. Greene 


1797.00 


Richard D. Ainslie 


11255.53 


Denise M. Henderson 


6217.40 


Robert E. Barrow 


13006.75 


Karen Coyne 


2146.20 


Henry E. Brennock 


13035.63 


Margaret Hernan 


1879.05 


Edward T. Dillon 


11765.21 


Alison Ayer 


1770.79 


Joseph Esposito, Jr. 


13195.11 


Ruth Craighead Muir 


5010.90 


Donald P. Haase 


11143.80 


Judith Ann Reagan 


5034.08 


Thomas Jones 


12651.28 


Mary E. Goff 


1670.10 


William H. McArthur 


11686.68 


Diane W. Saleski 


2447.45 


Robert A. Pattison, Sr. 


10351.44 


Ehzabeth Longo 


1802.45 


Kevin Soule 


11869.88 


Thelma Walsh 


199.05 


Qiarles Stover 


12022.44 


Clare Maki 


150.00 


Arthur O'Leary 


1435.87 


Carol Ciciotte 


336.00 


Paul R. Borwn 


1703.81 


Katherine Igo 


342.75 


Robert Barrow, Jr. 


32.50 


Claire Collins 


539.00 


Janet L. Young 


2232.50 


Diana Pereira 


8.85 


Linda J. Chapman 


840.00 


Mary W. Clark 


306.45 


Joan Emanuello 


784.00 


Thelma Burns 


16307.76 


Paul Emanuello 


15623.89 


Qare Maura Brady 


6391.96 


Bruce A. James 


840.00 


Kathleen T. Hernberg 


2293.20 


James L. Longo 


952.00 


Lorene Mabel Miller 


7847.20 


Roger Rice, Jr. 


733.25 


Joan M. Trask 


2293.20 


Gayle Seavey 


784.00 


Natalie Winsor 


2293.20 


Charles L. Stover, Jr. 


819.00 


Carol J. Stein 


2028.60 


John Shooshan 


560.00 


Jane E. Godfrey 


1117.20 


Linda Noddin 


658.00 


Carol Ann Mitchner 


846.86 


John M. Raftery 


25112.43 


Jean Gonsalves 


6702.43 


Agnes Brighton 


11382.61 


Aviva Must 


558.60 


Phyllis R. Grayken 


9096.75 


Maribeth Ahearn 


3933.71 


Linda Jorgensen 


9591.75 


Janice Costa 


2785.68 


Josephine Laugelli 


10491.00 


John F. Maloney 


33569.00 


Barbara Conte 


9291.75 


John F. Creamer 


26856.94 


Emily Saccone 


9291.75 


Gino J. DiGirolamo 


27275.47 


Rita Broderick 


9117.38 


Kenneth C. Ekberg 


26856.94 


Virginia Petitti 


9984.00 


Richard Streeter 


30218.93 


F. Louise Sands 


9291.75 


Stephen E. Hart 


24192.42 


Charlotte K. GiUis 


9291.75 


John J. Leary 


25881.54 


EUzabeth B. Ripley 


2281.51 


Kilburn E. CuUey, Jr. 


18280.76 


Mary Brennock 


7310.88 


Maureen P. Alcott 


6637.84 


Mary T. Donovan 


6079.63 


Loyce I. Alexander 


578.34 


Mary Davis 


5941.50 


Joseph K. Bouchard 


5717.84 


Nancy Anderson 


6745.88 


Virginia A. Burbank 


17260.50 


Patricia Bowen 


6120.75 


Lois Cecsarini 


12042.03 


Mildred D. Woomer 


8314.30 


Qark Chatterton 


18352.86 


Ronna Lee Bingham 


6181.01 


Patricia M. Conville 


3069.62 


Janet C. DiGregorio 


10074.40 


Patricia L. Coultrip 


17705.92 


Ethel S. Gormley 


10456.00 


Frances Cronin 


12256.04 


Florence Ely 


12037.71 


Charles R. Davis 


24083.82 


Robert Gohl 


2240.00 


Everett W. Dorr 


20142.30 


Anna B. Deignan 


2146.20 


Kearin A. Dunn 


19956.72 


Jane Carlson 


3196.20 


Ronald L. Emmons 


21525.63 


Marie Dolan 


1899.45 


Samuel M. Erbe 


23636.06 


Roseann Dooley 


1801.20 


Joseph Federico 


16654.92 


Jean Higgins 


3108.70 







290 



Alton E. Flynn 


3456.64 


Jean O'Malley 


18868.84 


George A. Fortin 


12723.00 


R. Lawrence Shultz 


17163.00 


James E. Franey 


21277.21 


Charles W. Stockbridge 


11754.36 


Stephen T. Graebener 


17713.19 


Katherine Whitley 


15922.00 


Carolyn M. Gray 


18868.84 


Susan Marie Baush 


18868.84 


Paul F. Hogan 


20079.55 


Faith E. Bowker 


18868.84 


Gregory H. Jones 


3430.48 


Ruth I. Clark 


19721.72 


Nancy Kealey 


19143.94 


Susan A. Colleton 


15224.00 


William C. Kite 


16839.82 


Christina C. Collins 


12195.28 


Dennis W. Kuntz 


20382.03 


Sandra L. Conklin 


6089.88 


Doris A. Lahage 


18868.84 


Marilyn D'Angelo 


14597.84 


Anne Marie League 


14546.32 


Delia DiBenedetto 


18868.84 


Edward J. Leary 


13399.18 


Jeanne Fink 


11447.68 


Thomas J. Lucas 


19721.72 


Doreen T. Flynn 


3585.84 


Frank A. MacDonald 


19751.72 


Dorothy A. Hibbard 


18868.84 


John G. Mika 


19253.81 


Jane Marie Corry 


6916.25 


Paul H. Narkiewicz 


23538.56 


Shirley B. Manna 


18868.84 


Thomas J. O'Neill, III 


22248.85 


Violet O'Quin 


19176.52 


Patricia E. Perreault 


15069.75 


Harriet L. Piepenbrink 


17163.00 


Patrick A. Plante 


18868.84 


Helen J. Pratt 


18868.84 


Donald A. Reade 


18868.84 


Marie Price 


16654.92 


Kurt M. Rever 


3230.48 


Shirley T. Tewksbury 


17163.00 


Edward F. Sheehan 


22849.36 


Melody Truesdell 


13931.68 


Robert M. Thompson 


19819.22 


Lisbeth Wyman 


10298.00 


Joan Tribeman 


16148.49 


Genevieve Kent 


16422.00 


Dennis J. Walsh 


23342.19 


Marjorie B. Giffen 


16654.92 


Marilyn Watson 


. 21772.10 


Mary B. Holmes 


19721.72 


Joan M. Wool 


15151.24 


Edwin M. Leach 


19721.72 


Patricia J. Wunschel 


19734.82 


Kathleen Singleton 


13931.68 


Dorothy B. Bates 


19580.57 


Eleanor Croan 


19068.84 


Elizabeth M. Beatson 


17456.24 


Pauline Gallagher 


18868.84 


Kenneth Cisneros 


15321.50 


Bette Rega 


18868.84 


Stephen M. Gilmartin 


20207.00 


Kathy A. Jarvis 


4626.05 


Hope R. Glover 


17163.00 


Katherine A. Neale 


11621.68 


Walter T. Hughes 


18868.84 


Marilyn M. Power 


19721.72 


Anthony J. Hyde 


20144.17 


Margaret Smalzel 


12284.00 


Donald J. Kelly 


18868.84 


Mary A. Babaian 


22799.72 


Edward W. MacDermott 


20163.63 


Charles F. Mundhenk 


15689.32 


Bryan E. Marks 


10854.36 


Richard W. Beveridge 


8613.80 


Ronald F. Mazza 


14560.44 


Dr. Robert T. Sceery 


6120.00 


John R. Packard 


16292.61 


Janet Caristo 


1393.00 


John C. Raccuia 


18868.84 


Charlotte R. Norris 


1425.78 


Joelien Wood 


14062.34 


Florence C. Ayers 


12825.16 


Frank Wunschel 


19721.72 


Peter Clute 


9317.80 


Joseph Becker 


20189.84 


Curtis S. Collins 


15464.04 


Sylvia J. Bowman 


15902.24 


Jeannine Coyne 


9376.64 


Patricia C. Chase 


18868.84 


Mary K. Donovan 


13585.16 


Elizabeth Cisneros 


5499.50 


Audley A. Harper 


8940.48 


Frank A. Deakin 


16487.98 


Helaine M. Kablotsky 


9376.64 


Kathryn A. Fox 


3408.00 


Mary A. Lee 


8649.68 


Nancy Gilmore 


7141.25 


George F. Lessard, Jr. 


10248.96 


Deborah S. Howe 


6702.48 


Margaret C. Lingle 


9158.52 


Richard S. Jagoutz 


14171.68 


Kenneth Matarazzo 


8511.82 


Raymond Levine 


15151.24 


Louise A. McCue 


10411.46 


Therese T. Lynch 


3230.48 


Ann L. O'Mara 


7668.00 


John V. Maclnnis 


13931.68 


Harry H. Rodgers 


11911.72 


JoAnn Magoun 


16653.32 


Thomas R. Salvo 


7699.21 


Joan McDermott 


14577.76 


Marie E. Schleiff 


9913.30 


Dorothy L. McDonald 


15902.24 


Richard G. Smith 


4417.60 


Dorothy Montouri 


19721.72 


Eunice K. Truesdell 


12865.16 


Patricia M. Moravec 


13301.68 


John W. Ward 


11857.44 



291 



Cora Ainslie 


4431.39 


Doreen Flynn 


400.00 


Alexandria Donovan 


6340.35 


Harry Trask 


20.00 


Roseann Dooley 


1485.00 


Sheila Cronin 


100.00 


Stella MacDonald 


5167.50 


Marie Ann Flynn 


40.00 


Jeannette McNeil 


4483.38 


Barbara T. Edmond 


20.00 


Frances Ricketts 


3176.92 


Normand LaFlamme 


20.00 


Mildred Salyards 


4476.89 


Sharon Kimball 


120.00 


Elizabeth Sinopoli 


4478.50 


Richard Agnew 


95.00 


Eleanor Soule 


4483.38 


William Allard 


35.00 


Virginia Waaser 


2275.00 


Joseph Angelo 


76.00 


Nancy Polito 


1534.60 


James J. Bailey, Sr. 


25.00 


Patricia J. Wunschel 


1740.00 


Thomas Bailey 


25.00 


Anita Ross 


70.14 


Robert Balcom 


24.00 


Helaine K. Hartman 


20.00 


Phillip Bandini 


30.00 


Maureen O'Brien 


545.00 


Martin Barnes 


48.00 


Michael Gill 


430.00 


Richard Barnhart 


1200.00 


Judith Akey 


20.00 


Dan Bauman 


18.00 


Ruthe Shain 


202.50 


John Berksa 


38.00 


Barbara Shane 


325.00 


Len Bernardo 


90.00 


Suzanne Dunn 


1580.00 


Gregory Billings 


24.00 


Jeanne Birmann 


540.00 


Janice Black 


145.00 


Sally B. Davenport 


440.00 


William Boylen 


30.00 


Lydia Ericsson 


760.00 


Daniel Callahan 


38.00 


Marian C. Atkinson 


360.00 


Steven Certa 


39.00 


Andrea Arbury 


640.00 


Will Chassey 


39.00 


Susan M. Sadler 


1322.50 


William Cobbon 


25.00 


Alice L. McCarthy 


1135.81 


Noreen Connell 


24.00 


Linda M. Campbell 


301.88 


WiUiam Connor 


17.00 


Nadine Rose 


680.00 


Michelle Coppenrath 


110.00 


Eleanor Lyons 


240.00 


John Costello 


30.00 


Rosebelle Broeffle 


140.00 


Basil Cronin 


60.00 


Evelyn Pearson 


425.00 


Joseph Crowley 


38.00 


Diana Mastrobuono 


60.00 


Thomas Cunningham, Jr. 


60.00 


Nancy E. Watts 


20.00 


Domenic D'AUesandro 


20.00 


Carolyn Contis 


220.00 


George Dalrymple 


38.00 


Paula Crossen 


20.00 


Ray Dand 


17.00 


Jane MacDonald 


20.00 


Paul Deane 


20.00 


Jacqueline Kurtz 


20.00 


Dolly DiPesa 


47.00 


C. Kelly Bentgren 


20.00 


Lisa DiTullio 


40.00 


Linda M. Henderson 


480.00 


Pat Donovan 


72.00 


Joanne Y. Nawn 


40.00 


Tom Dooley 


10.00 


Emily L. Wade 


40.00 


John S. Doyle 


24.00 


Christine M. Liva 


67.50 


Diane Emanuello 


110.00 


Kurt M. Rever 


845.00 


Dave Engelson 


17.00 


Gail Kanellos 


20.00 


Ralph Ferrisi 


141.00 


Patricia O'Rourke 


20.00 


Robert Fisher 


25.00 


Barbara Gurnis 


120.00 


Joseph Freitas 


17.00 


Gary Keefe 


112.50 


Ron Garney 


17.00 


Susan Whelpley 


40.00 


John Garrigan 


25.00 


Gertrude Russell 


440.63 


David Gavigan 


90.00 


Rosamund Reardon 


135.00 


George Geyer 


36.00 


Helen McKinnon 


660.00 


Brian Glynn 


24.00 


Catherine Briggs 


40.00 


Michael Goldman 


60.00 


Keith Hundley 


140.00 


John Goslin 


18.00 


Kathleen St. Onge 


910.00 


Gary Grady 


110.00 


Barbara A. Britt 


140.00 


Winston J. Grady 


114.00 


Alison Ayer 


60.00 


Jan Graven 


30.00 


Regina Mary Schultz 


15.00 


David Guenard 


94.00 


Helen Ketchum 


600.00 


Peter Hampel 


25.00 


Linda Maree 


100.00 


Peter Hansen 


90.00 


Kathleen T. Cavanaugh 


20.00 


David Hartnett 


94.00 


Paula Sanderson 


20.00 


John Hartshorn 


38.00 



292 



Rosemary Hayden 


250.00 


Charles Stead 


38.00 


Phyllis Hayes 


48.00 


George Steptoe 


42.00 


Cynthia Hemenway 


75.00 


Jack Stoddard 


17.00 


Scott Hulien 


20.00 


Joseph H. Strazdes 


533.33 


Paul Hunter 


31.50 


Alan Strondak 


80.00 


George Jakub 


138.00 


James Swan, Jr. 


30.00 


David Jakub 


16.50 


WiUiam Szachowicz 


30.00 


Frank Jardin 


38.00 


Paul Tansey 


75.00 


Richard Jarvis 


30.00 


Karen Anne Tewksbury 


640.65 


Wilham Jennings 


18.00 


Virginia Thomas 


24.00 


Timothy Kane 


18.00 


Eileen M. Tibbctts 


503.10 


Tom Keith 


17.00 


Wilham Tobin 


30.00 


Christine Kelley 


20.00 


Michael Trend 


17.00 


Joseph Kelley 


105.00 


David Valler 


17.00 


William Kennedy, Jr. 


18.00 


Maureen C. VonEuw 


266.66 


Ron LaFreniere 


20.00 


George Walling 


55.00 


John J. Leone 


333.33 


John Walsh 


17.00 


John Levangie 


1570.96 


Glen Ward 


64.00 


Edna Little 


40.00 


William Ward 


38.00 


Stan Livingstone 


17.00 


Michael Weydt 


26.00 


James Lynch 


36.00 


Wilham White 


42.00 


David Marshall 


38.00 


Jack Wholey 


116.00 


Frank Manning 


39.00 


Paul Wholey 


264.00 


Alfred Mazukina 


38.00 


Kevin Wholey 


325.00 


John McCarthy 


47.00 


Thomas Wigmore 


9.00 


John McCauley 


47.00 


Julie Woodger 


105.00 


Richard McGovern 


17.00 


David Wong 


30.00 


Robert McGrady 


55.00 


Robert Zaniboni 


17.00 


Mark Mcintosh 


30.00 


John Zobel 


45.00 


William McMann 


30.00 


Gerard Buckley 


180.00 


Thomas Miley 


18.00 


Charles E. Stockbridge 


115.00 


Edward Miller 


18.00 


Carmelo Conte 


112.00 


William Mortimer 


78.50 


Gerald P. Doyle 


70.00 


William Munn 


17.00 


Richard J. Fairbairn 


76.00 


Faith Newcombe 


35.00 


Qifton B. Jones 


108.00 


Pat Newsham 


24.00 


Randolph A. Feola, Jr. 


39.00 


Michael O'Connell 


30.00 


Frederick Grassie 


38.00 


Kevin O'Connor 


35.00 


John J. Rhodes, HI 


72.00 


James O'Leary 


60.00 


Randolph A. Feola 


801.00 


Andrea M. Palardy 


902.42 


Brian W. Noonan 


36.00 


Richard Perella 


19.00 


Brian Cogill 


36.00 


Robert Perry 


18.00 


David Pomarico 


68.00 


Kenneth Pigeon 


20.00 


Douglas W. Smith 


32.00 


John Player 


25.00 


Mark H. Trask 


20.00 


Dr. Roger Pompeo 


375.00 


Edward J. Struzik 


40.00 


John Power 


25.00 


Thomas P. Finegan 


20.00 


William Powers 


60.00 


James P. Runey 


20.00 


Maureen A. Reardon 


565.98 


Matthew B. Marr 


20.00 


Ann Richardi 


35.00 


Richard M. Conley 


60.00 


Gerald Robillard 


30.00 


James R. Sheerin 


20.00 


Alex Robinson 


47.00 


Peter J. Graham 


213.50 


Terry Rondelli 


48.00 


Joan St. John 


817.88 


Gretha Ruark 


60.00 


Grand Total 


2822268.15 


Frank Runey 


60.00 






Stephen Sangster 


25.00 






Michael Saya 


19.00 






Frank Sayers 


53.00 






Francesco Scarsella 


30.00 






Richard Sheets 


38.00 






Peter Silva 


94.00 






Brenda Soule 


48.00 






Paul Spolidoro 


30.00 







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REPORT OF THE TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

To the Board of Selectmen and Citizens of Cohasset: 

Submitted herewith is my annual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 
1978. The report is in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 41, 
Section 61 as amended and includes the following: 

(1) Statement of Cash Receipts 

(2) Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

(3) Balance Sheet of General Accounts 

(4) Statement of Trust Funds 

(5) Statement of Long-Term Debt 

(6) Balance Sheet - Deferred Revenue - Sewer Assessments 

The Board of Selectmen engaged Mr. James F. Kearney, C.P.A., to audit the 
books and accounts for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1978. A copy of the 
audit report and report of recommendations is on file in the Selectmen's Office 
and the Office of Town Clerk. 

Respectfully submitted, 

William S. Signorelli 
Town Accountant 



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TOWN OF COHASSET 

Balance Sheet June 30, 1978 

General Accounts 

Assets 

Cash: 

General $ 891,056.09 

Federal Revenue Sharing Funds 2,404.45 

Federal Revenue Sharing Funds Invested 55,202.79 

General Funds Invested 400,000.00 

Water Construction Project 129,130.56 

Bond Funds Water Construction Project Invested 350,000.00 



,827,793.89 



Accounts Receivable Taxes: 






Fiscal Year: 






1976 Real Estate 


4,366.60 




1976 Personal Property 


53.45 




1977 Real Estate 


37,227.42 




1977 Personal Property 


355.10 




1978 Real Estate 


236,345.85 




1978 Personal Property 


2,899.11 


281,247.53 


Taxes in Litigation 




257.18 


Real Estate Taxes Deferred 




17,169.18 


Accounts Receivable Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes: 






1974 


397.10 




1975 


3,147.95 




1976 


5,641.37 




1977 


29,668.54 




1978 


57,562.98 


96,417.94 


Tax Titles and Possessions: 






Titles 


56,057.32 




Possessions 


2,204.25 


58,261.57 


Departmental: 






Veterans' Assistance 


13,976.25 




Schools 


366.51 




Cemetery - Sale of Lots and Graves 


59.90 




Fire Dept. - Ambulance Service 


4,500.00 




Harbor Dept. - Mooring Fees 


5,073.00 




Rental of Property and Miscellaneous 


2,469.80 




Sewer Use Charges 


4,701.09 




Sewer Use Charges Added to Taxes Fiscal 1977 


55.37 




Sewer Use Charges Added to Taxes Fiscal 1978 


179.36 




Town Hall 


50.88 


31,432.16 


Accounts Receivable Federally Aided Public Works Projects: 






Water Dept. Construction Project 


99,400.00 




Storm Damage February 1978 


69,771.00 


169,171.00 


Accounts Receivable Water Department: 






Meters 


68,975.75 




Liens Fiscal 1976 


130.06 




Liens Fiscal 1977 


1,028.62 




Liens Fiscal 1978 


4,750.00 


74,884.43 


Betterment Assessments - Sewer: 






Principal Added to Taxes Fiscal 1977 


81.08 




Interest Added to Taxes Fiscal 1977 


94.50 




Principal Added to Taxes Fiscal 1978 


193.25 




Interest Added to Taxes Fiscal 1978 


164.22 


533.05 



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Due from Water Dept. Re Construction Project 

Loans Authorized - Plans & Specifications - Sewer 

Transfers from P.L. 92-512 Authorized 
Transfers from Stabilization Fund Authorized 

Deficits Authorized - Mass. G.L. Ch. 44, Sec. 31, Sec. 31D: 
Snow and Ice Removal 
Training Police Officers 



38,782.02 
12,772.46 



206,000.00 

220,360.41 

93,842.76 
80,000.00 

51,554.48 



Underestimates Fiscal 1978: 






State Recreation Areas 


1,274.07 




Metropolitan Parks 


162.13 




Mass. Bay Transportation Authority 


143.06 




Air Pollution Control Districts 


27.57 


1,606.83 


Revenue Fiscal 1979 




6,324,393.17 
$ 9,534,925.58 


Liabilities and Reserves 






Temporary Loans Anticipation of Federal Grant - Water 




99,400.00 


Payroll Deductions: 






Blue Cross - Blue Shield 


18,045.93 




Life Insurance 


429.13 




Annuities 


10,296.56 


28,771.62 


Tailings - Unclaimed Checks 




1,450.51 


Dog Licenses Due County 




471.05 


Gifts: 






Beechwood Cemetery Association Funds 






Chapter370, Acts of 1952 


2,218.66 




South Shore Music Circus - Council for Aging 


1,392.76 




Beechwood Teen Council 


74.02 


3,685.44 


Trust Fund Income: 






Cohasset Free Public Library 


442.05 




Wheelwright Park 


1,994.87 




Wadleigh Park 


207.07 




Charlotte Lincoln Bell Memorial Fund - Cemetery 


2,124.42 




Cedar Street Cemetery Care 


19.45 




Town Common and Parks 


84.87 




Woodside Cemetery 


1,467.31 


6,340.04 


Overestimates Fiscal 1978: 






County Tax 


46,868.45 




County Hospital 


4,076.84 




Special Education 


2,721.00 


53,666.29 


Federal and State Grants - School and Other: 






P.L. 93-380 Title VI-B 


1,234.67 




P.L. 93-380 Title IV-B 


10,769.58 




Storm Damage (February 1978 P.L. 93-288) 


59,101.02 




Metco 


6,319.14 


77,424.41 



Federal Grant - Extension of Sewerage System 
for Appropriation 



Reserved 



81,800.00 



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Revolving Funds: 
School Athletics 
Insurance Recovery 

Appropriation Balances: 
Revenue: 

General 

Water Dept. - Construction of Treatment Plant etc. 

Federal Revenue Sharing - Engineering 
Disposal Area 
Non-Revenue: 

Sewer Construction Project I 

Sewer - Plans and Specifications 

Water Dept. - Construction of Treatment Plant etc. 

Remodeling and Addition to Jr.-Sr. High School 

Loans Authorized and Unissued 

Appropriation Control Fiscal 1979 
Fire Dept. - Salaries and Wages from Federal 
Revenue Funds: 
Available 

Transfers Authorized 
Fire Dept. - Pumping Engine from 
Stabilization Fund Authorized 

Sale of Real Estate Fund: 
General 
Town Farm Veterans' Housing 

Sale of Cemetery Lots Fund: 
Beechwood 
Woodside 

Reserved for Abatements: 
Fiscal 1976 
Fiscal 1977 
Fiscal 1978 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 
Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes 
Tax Titles and Possessions 
Departmental 
Water Department 
Special Assessments 
Special Tax Revenue 
Loan to Water Department 
Real Estate Taxes Deferred 
Federally Aided Public Works Project 
(Storm Damage February 1978) 

Surplus Revenue: 
General 

Water 



Submitted by, 

William S. Signorelli 
Town Accountant 



4,180.71 
820.00 


5,000.71 


181,363.64 
206,000.00 




1,450.00 




2,239.20 

20,139.59 

479,130.56 

526.70 


890.849.69 




220,360.41 


6,489,166.60 




56,157.24 
93,842.76 




80,000.00 


6,719,166.60 


1,914.93 
3,650.00 


5,564.93 


459.50 
20,430.65 


20,890.15 


17,488.57 
11,175.76 
25,241.84 


53,906.17 


96,417.94 

58,261.57 

31,432.16 

74,884.43 

533.05 

257.18 

206,000.00 

17,169.18 




69,771.00 


554,726.51 


499,946.44 
211,504.61 


711,451.05 




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STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS 
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1978 

General Revenue 

TAXES 



Current Year: 

Personal 

Real 
Previous Years: 

Personal 

Real 
Tax Title Redemptions 



: 149,788.88 
4,225,965.18 

1,604.20 
117,328.29 



4,375,754.06 



118,932.49 
8,543.69 



$4,503,230.24 



LICENSES AND PERMITS 



Selectmen: 

Alcoholic Beverages 

All other Licenses and Permits 

Gas Permits 
Town Qerk - Gasoline Storage Permits 
Police Department - Licenses and Permits 
Building Dept. - Permits and Certificates 
Wire Department - Permits 
Board of Health - Plumbing Permits 
Board of Health - All other Licenses and Permits 
Harbor Dept. - Mooring Permits 

FINES 



5,425.00 

537.00 

196.00 

300.00 

931.00 

7,456.00 

1,050.00 

1,249.00 

2,279.65 

8,911.00 



28,334.65 



Court Fines 



6,345.40 



GRANTS AND GIFTS 



Grants 

From Federal Government 
School: 
Lunches 

Public Law 89-10 Title I 
Public Law 93-380 Title IV - B 
Public Law 93-380 Title VI - B 
Federal Grant Storm Damage Feb. 1978 
Public Law 93-288 Snow Removal Storm Feb. 1978 
Federal Grant - Sewerage - Reserved for Appropriation 
Federal Grant - New Water Treatment Facility 
Federal Revenue Sharing - Public Law 92-512 
From County: 
Dog Fund 
From State: 
Schools: 

Chapter 70 208,640.47 

Special Education Program 

Chapter 71B 371,090.00 

Special Education Program 

Chapter 71B 131,129.00 

adjustment for 1977 
Transportation Chapter 71 49,250.00 

Chapter 74 

Occupational Education 911.00 

Transportation 286.00 



27,143.56 
11,848.00 
11,558.88 
14,460.00 
69,770.00 
6,680.00 
81,800.00 
894,600.00 
94,498.00 



1,212,358.44 
690.58 



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School Building Assistance 


50,012.74 






State Wards Chapter 76 


900.00 






Additional Assistance Local Aid 








Chapter363 AActsof 1977 


21,872.90 






Racial Imbalance [Metco] 


90,539.15 






Food Services 


7,835.90 


932,467.16 




Library Aid 




2,919.38 




Highways: 








Highway Fund Chapter 81 


35,271.36 






Mass. Transportation Aid for 








Fringe MBTA Communities 


19,400.00 


54,671.36 




Lottery, Beano, etc.. Chapter 29 




34,321.11 




Cultivation of Shellfish 




493.51 


1,024,872.52 


Gifts: 








Friends of Library 




388.50 




Library - S. 0. R. 




200.00 


588.50 


Total General Revenue 






6,776,420.33 


COMMERCIAL REVENUE 




Special Assessments: 








Sewer 




6,049.42 




Privileges: [Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes] 






1974 


435.93 






1975 


680.32 






1976 


15,665.10 






1977 


172,468.89 






1978 


199,660.37 


388,910.61 




Total Commercial Revenue 






394,960.03 


DEPARTMENT REVENUE 




Planning Board Fees 




95.00 




Zoning Board of Appeals Filing Fees 




335.00 




Conservation Commission Filing Fees 




125.00 




Treasurer - Collector - Fees for Services 


3,641.31 




Town Qerk - Fees for Services 




1,840.55 




Town Hall - Off Duty - Custodial Services 


1,041.86 




Police Department: 








Miscellaneous 


439.25 






Off-Duty Details 


37,308.25 


37,747.50 




Accounts Receivable - Ambulance Services 


4,380.00 




Sealer of Weights and Measures Fees 




158.25 




Tree and Park Department: 








Miscellaneous 


230.00 






Maintenance of School Grounds 


977.00 


1,207.00 




Dog Officer Fees 




200.00 




Board of Health: 








Disposal Area Fees 


2,200.00 






Well Baby Qinic 


66.80 






Recycling 


765.10 


3,031.90 




Sewer Department: 








Use Charges 


15,810.67 






Use Charges Added To Taxes 


2,626.28 






Miscellaneous 


70.00 


18,506.95 




Highway Department: 








Miscellaneous 




345.80 




Harbor Department: 








Application Fees 




250.00 




Veterans' Services: 








Reimbursement from State 




3,383.24 





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School Department: 




Sale of Lunches 


72,308.84 


Miscellaneous Receipts 


513.30 


Rental of FacOities 


46.11 


Athletics 


1,902.86 


Libraries - Fines and Miscellaneous 




Recreation Fees 




Cemeteries - Grave Digging 




Total Department Revenue 





74,771.11 
4,675.47 
4,950.00 
3,435.00 



UNCLASSIFIED REVENUE 



164,120.94 



Insurance Qaims 2,013.51 

Rental of Municipal Property 3,425.00 

Workmen's Compensation Insurance - Employees 914.04 

Dividend - Blue Cross - Blue Shield 1975/1976 4,245.00 
Comm. of Mass. Grp. Ins. Commission 

Retired Teachers Program Dividend 986.62 

Cohasset Central Cemetery - Transfer of Land 1.00 

Miscellaneous 988.70 

Total Unclassified Revenue 12,573.87 

WATER DEPARTMENT 



Water Meters 




291,983.35 




Water Liens 




36,853.76 




Water Services 




900.00 




Water Miscellaneous 




1,711.90 




Hydrant Services 




22,800.00 




Total Water Department 


CEMETERIES 




354,249.01 


Sale of Lots and Graves 


INTEREST 




2,211.00 


Federal Revenue Sharings Fund 




3,724.08 




Deposits 




15,209.23 




Sewer Assessments 




2,455.62 




Investment Bond Funds: 








Water Construction Project 




8,342.36 




Deferred Taxes 




14,801.55 




Motor Vehicle Excise 




422.93 




Trust Funds: 








Wadleigh Park 


267.92 






Wheelwright Park 


803.72 






Billings - Pratt Park 


53.56 






Edith M. Bates Town Common : 


Pond 61.60 







Woodside Cemetery 3,308.51 

Beechwood Cemetery 306.07 

North Cohasset Cemetery 857.32 

Cohasset Free Public Library 2,248.33 7,907.03 

Total Interest 52,862.80 

MUNICIPAL INDEBTEDNESS 

Notes Payable 

Anticipation of Revenue 800,000.00 

Notes Payable Anticipation Serial Bond Issue 

Water Construction Project 1 ,200,000.00 

Serial Bond Issue 2,500,000.00 4,500,000.00 

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AGENCIES - TRUSTS - INVESTMENTS 

Agency: 

Federal Withholding Taxes 583,142.19 

State Withholding Taxes 185,419.74 

Retirement Fund - County 8 1 ,06 0.6 2 

Retirement Fund - Teachers 113,947.16 

Group Health Insurance 107,196.37 

Group Life Insurance 2,744.10 

Credit Union 38,071.50 

Municipal Employees Dues 989.00 

Teachers Dues 15,767.65 

Annuities 52,634.00 

Mass. Meals Tax 322.16 

Dog Licenses for County 2,202.35 

Ceta Program - Workers Comp. 1,281.00 

Tailings 925.26 1,185,703.10 
Trust: 

Perpetual Care Funds 2,900.00 

Investments: 

Withdrawal from Federal Funds 

Investment Accounts 12,000.00 

Withdrawal from James W. Nichols 

School Prize Fund 100.00 

Withdrawal from Arthur Milliken 

Recreation Trust 16 3 .4 7 

General Cash Investments 



Matured 


2,200,000.00 






Investment of Bond Funds 








Water Construction Project 


400,000.00 


2,612,263.47 




Total Agencies - Trusts - 


Investments 




3,800,866.57 


Transfer from Stabilization Fund 


REFUNDS 




110,000.00 


Prior Year 




94.58 




Current Year: 








P.L. 93-380 Title IV-B 


79.00 






Tax Anticipation Notes 


670.22 






Wire Department 


156.20 






Sewer Department 


101.85 






Petty Cash - Treasurer - Collector 5 0.00 


1,057.27 




Total Refunds 






1,151.85 


TOTAL RECEIPTS 






$16,169,416.40 



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TOWN OF COHASSET 

Balance Sheet - Deferred Revenue Accounts 

June 30, 1978 



Apportioned Sewer Assessments Not Due: 




$42,735.03 


Apportioned Sewer Assessments Revenue Due In: 






1978 


$3,868.21 




1979 


3,336.51 




1980 


3,336.51 




1981 


3,224.01 




1982 


3,224.01 




1983 


2,601.51 




1984 


2,546.51 




1985 


2,546.51 




1986 


2,546.51 




1987 


2,546.51 




1988 


2,546.51 




1989 


2,546.51 




1990 


2,546.51 




1991 


2,546.51 




1992 


2,546.59 




1993 


162.80 




1994 


62.80 


$42,735.03 



342 



INDEX 

Appointed Town Officers 8 

Assessors, Board of 260 

Building Inspector 217 

Capital Budget Committee 258 

Cohasset Free Public Library 237 

Collector of Taxes 264 

Committee to Study Space Needs 25 1 

Committee to Survey Structure of Town Government 255 

Conservation Commission 241 

Council on Aging 245 

Design Review Board 250 

Dog Officer 254 

Fire Department 225 

Government Island Committee 231 

Harbor Master 232 

Health, Board of 219 

Highway Department 230 

Historic Commission 248 

Housing Authority 246 

In Memoriam 1 

Jury List 17 

Personnel Committee 250 

Planning Board 249 

Pohce Department 223 

Recreation Director 242 

Registrars, Board of 216 

Salaries & Wages - Town Employees 287 

Sewer Commissioners 247 

School Department 

School Committee 267 

Superintendent's Report 271 

Statistical Data 274 

Graduating Class 278 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 231 

Selectmen, Board of 19 

Social Service League 222 

South Shore Community Action Council 244 

South Shore Mosquito Control 233 

South Shore Regional School District Treasurer 280 

Town Accountant 294 

Statement of Cash Receipts 338 

Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 295 

Balance Sheet, General Accounts 330 

Trust Funds in Custody of Town Treasurer 333 

Fixed Debt 336 

Balance Sheet, Deferred Revenue Accounts 342 

Town Clerk 

Elected Town Officers 5 

Election Officers 18 

Annual Town Meeting, April 1,1978 21 

Annual Town Election, April 8, 1978 177 

State Primary, Sept. 19, 1978 182 

State Election, Nov. 7, 1978 187 

Special Town Meeting, Nov. 13, 1978 192 

Vital Statistics 202 

Town Treasurer 266 

Tree and Park Department 229 

Water Commissioners, Board of 256 

Wire Department 229 



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Photo Credit 

Photograph taken of Cohasset Harbor by Richard Trust, The Patriot Ledger.